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Manifest Destiny: The Lewis & Clark Musical Adventure

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Silly spoof of famous expedition falls flat.

Movie PG 2016 92 minutes
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This silly musical spoof of America's most famous explorers starts out well, with catchy musical numbers, witty songs, and a dash of cartoonish zaniness that tells you to let go of the facts. Unfortunately, Manifest Destiny: The Lewis & Clark Musical Adventure can't quite maintain that opening spirit through the whole 90 minutes. Eventually things start to feel a bit too earnest and sincere. The spoof loses its edge, and the inaccuracies, exaggerations, and cheesy puppetry start to lose their charm. It's based on a popular YouTube series that tells the story in shorter segments, which might be a better format for the actor/writers.

Best for older kids who'll take it with a large grain of salt. But it could be a good starting point for talking about what's inaccurate, why, and whether you think it's OK to take liberties with history.

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