A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Although the movie is intended more for entertainment than education, kids may learn something about the ecosystem.
The movie encourages the embracing of imagination and being open to new opportunities. Empathy, compassion, and teamwork are also on display.
Positive Role Models
Mr. Franz, the kids' teacher, approaches each of his students and his students' parents with the utmost kindness and sensitivity. Sita, along with best friend Wouter, show great understanding and care toward Mr. Franz when they learn he can turn into a frog. Principle Stork -- who can turn into a stork -- tries to eat Mr. Franz on occasion. Sita's mother is a hard-working single parent, although Sita feels neglected by her. Every major character and every character with more than one speaking line is White in this Dutch town.
Violence & Scariness
There aren't any situations that are outright violent, but there are some situations of tense peril. A main character turns into a frog on numerous occasions, their eyes flashing green in a slightly creepy fashion. A human character steps on the frog, although they survive. Later, a human character who turns into a stork tries to eat the same frog. An actual stork is shown eating a frog for a brief moment, but neither are human characters in animal form.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
While romantically courting a fellow teacher, a character brings them some flowers. The two almost kiss before they are interrupted. Their growing romance makes up one storyline. But the romance shown is mostly made of conversations rather than being physical.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mr. Frog is a mostly lighthearted Dutch (with English subtitles) family fantasy comedy with occasional moments of peril. Based on the book Meester Kikker, the main character is Sita (Yenthe Bos), a tween who feels like her veterinarian single mother is always more preoccupied with work than with spending time at home. When Sita and best friend Wouter (Bobby van Vleuten) discover that their teacher, Mr. Franz (Jeroen Spitzenberger), has the ability to turn into a frog, the movie's various storylines ignite into several chaotic situations. The kids show extraordinary care and thoughtfulness, and zero ridicule to the situations they find themselves in. But danger lurks in the form of Principal Stork (Paul Kooij), a stern by-the-books new teacher who also has the ability to turn into an animal, in his case a stork. This leads to some situations of tense peril. For example, Principal Stork tries to eat Mr. Franz when they are both in animal form. But there is no actual violence. With its fantasy elements, the movie builds an atmosphere that may spark some fun and interesting questions among families. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With its main storyline being a character who has the ability to turn into a frog, this Dutch fantasy adventure (with English subtitles) has hijinks at every turn. But it soon becomes clear that Mr. Franz is not the only character in Mr. Frog who can transform into an animal. Based on a book, this family-friendly movie creates a multi-layered world where the lines between animals and humans are blurred. But the large amount of storylines and themes is where the movie, at times, loses itself -- becoming confusing both in tone and plot.
Mr. Frog's sudden hops (pun intended) from tone to tone and plot to plot might prove difficult for younger viewers to keep track. In addition, some of the characters are also quite flat and underdeveloped. For example, Suzan (Wine Dierickx) is restricted to Mr. Franz's love interest, while Principal Stork comes across as just being mean. But these issues aside, there's no doubt Mr. Frog succeeds in bringing a sense of magic and adventure to proceedings.
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