A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Though set in the 1800s, the movie's depiction of life during this era is oversimplified at the expense of any educational value.
Illustrates the value of thinking through your decisions carefully and considering all the alternatives before acting too quickly. The movie also stresses the importance of keeping promises and forgiveness.
Positive Role Models
Mandie is a tenacious young woman who is loyal and courageous. Her mother is compassionate and patient. Uncle John is an upstanding man who values critical thinking. Native American and African American characters are depicted as happy servants.
Violence & Scariness
A woman fires a gun into the air, but no one is injured.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man kisses a woman briefly on the lips.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure is a well-intentioned effort by a Christian studio to create a wholesome mystery-adventure for kids and teens, but at the expense of creating a rich portrait of life in the 1800s, particularly when it comes to the depictions of African Americans and Native Americans, whose struggles are completely glossed over or outright ignored. Still, it offers positive messages and warns against prejudice. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Based on the Lois Gladys Leppard's The Mandie Series, MANDIE AND THE CHEROKEE TREASURE is a period piece set in the late 1800s that looks way too fresh and clean to feel authentic. The wigs are bad, the accents are worse, the acting is not particularly impressive, and everything feels a bit hokey and forced in an effort to create a quirky sendup of villains and heroes with a positive takeaway, to say nothing of the way African Americans and Native Americans are depicted in the film as happy, well-cared for, willing servants.
That said, it's a well-intentioned effort to create some wholesome family fare that shows kids trying to make good choices in a number of challenging contexts. Particular emphasis is given to weighing decisions and considering alternatives as the characters problem-solve their way out of a fix or two. Kids may enjoy the pioneering themes, Cherokee touches, adventurous calamity, and headstrong teen girl's desire to prove herself and save the day. Although the quality doesn't quite hit the mark and this will win no awards for accuracy, the film's overall focus on clear-headed thinking and anti-prejudice message may just be worth enduring an otherwise lackluster production.
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