Mr. Troop Mom



Made-for-Nickelodeon movie is so-so but fun for tweens.
  • Review Date: June 3, 2009
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 84 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

No overt educational content, but kids will ultimately take away positive social lessons.

Positive messages

Characters learn lessons about teamwork, problem solving, and family relationships, and their attitudes are transformed by the end of film, but there's a lot of poor behavior on display until that point.

Positive role models

Although most of the characters either mend their ways or get their comeuppance in the end, their behavior through much of the movie isn't exactly stellar. A young teen tricks her babysitter into doing her homework, talks back, and is extremely disrespectful to her workaholic/clueless father. Opposing cliques of girls are hurtful to one another, both in words and actions. Parents cheat on competition, tell white lies, and sneak around camp rules. There's also some stereotyping.

Violence & scariness

There's a food fight, plus two adult women spar (but don't seem to make any physical contact) and there are lots of cartoonish pratfalls off heights and into mud, with no long-term consequences. Paintball-type guns are used to shoot goo.

Sexy stuff

Flirtatious single mom; girls talk about but don't act on adolescent crushes.


Very mild bathroom talk by Dad.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the central character's mom is dead, and her father is so busy with his work that a babysitter plays the parent role at first. A dramatic accident looks bad but turns out to be a side note. Kids are teased by adults for not being able to swim. Some people may take offense at the stereotypes (funny accent, karate moves) attributed to the Asian babysitter.

What's the story?

As a made-for-Nickelodeon movie, MR. TROOP MOM is a comedy that pulls out the stops for laughs from its tween audience. Eddie Serrano (George Lopez) is the widowed dad of Naomi (Daniela Bobadilla), and his focus on work instead of family has let Naomi run the roost at home. A series of unfortunate events puts Eddie in charge of his daughter's four-person team at a multi-day mountain camp competition, "The Spring Classic." The ultra-competitive behavior of the other teams proves a formidable match, as Eddie doggedly tries to help his daughter's team win and to reassert a loving fatherly bond in the process.

Is it any good?


Mr. Troop Mom won't win awards for breaking new ground in plot surprises. There's a rebellious daughter, a clique of "mean girls," an over-the-top drill sergeant of a camp director, and a make-or-break competition that requires the girls to overcome their differences and work together. The Serrano family dynamics include a manipulative daughter, a wholly inattentive dad, and a babysitter (Elizabeth Thai) ready to amp up any conflict that arises, and it's all chalked up to the missing maternal influence.

But as family fare goes, this is a decent film, with its message of figuring out the right problems to solve and finding ways to be family. Lopez is good as the hapless dad, but his funniest moments come when he is allowed to riff, as he does on his supposed love of camping. For all her rebelliousness, Naomi is a decent kid who has surrounded herself with a supportive group of friends. And while Jane Lynch nearly pops a vein as Ms. Hulka, the militaristic camp director, there's no one else who could have played the role as memorably.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how hard Naomi has to work to get her father's attention. Are there situations in which you think your parents could do more to get involved with your life? Would you want them to be as involved as Mr. Serrano becomes?

  • Were there any plot developments that surprised you?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 23, 2009
DVD release date:June 23, 2009
Cast:Daniella Bobadilla, George Lopez, Jane Lynch
Director:William Dear
Studio:Warner Home Video
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Misfits and underdogs
Run time:84 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Parent of a 8 year old Written bykristin1234 February 5, 2014

Mean girls

I'm watching this movie with three girls, ages 9, 8 and 6. They like it fine enough but I'm distressed by all the mean girl behavior, and we're only about halfway through. There are the mean mean girls, but also the good girls are mean back, hurling insults and demeaning comments. I don't think this is a good movie for girls to see.
Teen, 17 years old Written byXemnasSuperior March 10, 2011
Teen, 13 years old Written byJustino4 April 25, 2011

Some Rude Jokes

Some rude jokes could push the limit but that's about it.
What other families should know
Too much swearing


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