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Malibu Rescue: The Movie

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Unexceptional teen beach movie has some potty humor.

Movie NR 2019 69 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 6+

Family Fun

I thought the show was great and put forward the idea that kids and teens can be productive members of society. While the kids did make a lot of mistakes they also learned from them. I thought the entire cast did a great job, even the people in the smaller roles.

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age 6+


My daughter loved it and now it sparked more interest in the rescue part of kiaking and water rescue and hard work. But please teach real CPR and first aid. Now she thinks CPR is 5 compressions and 1 breath. When compressions are the most import and 30:2 or 15:2 are CPR standard of care for health care providers and continuous compressions are being taught for lay person CPR. Please be as real as possible when things are taught. Thanks for the no cussing

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (15 ):

The fact that the movie is brimming with cornball jokes, predictability, cartoon pratfalls, and one-dimensional characters doesn't mean that tweens won't like it; actually, most will. It's easy to root for Tyler and his fellow "Flounders," those put-upon kids from the Valley who are looking for both validation and a place at the rescuers table. Other than potty humor and some name-calling, it's inoffensive. The good guys are likable. The acting is purposefully broad -- especially the adults. And, though it has zero surprises, no nuance, and no shining moments, Malibu Rescue: The Movie is a comfortable and clear setup for the Netflix summer series that follows.

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