A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Nic and Tristan Go Mega Dega is a very silly Pee Wee Herman-esque romp that should be playful and imaginative fun for the whole family. There are some cartoonish pratfalls throughout, and the storyline isn't the most intricate, but the fun these skateboarding twins have is infectious, and both kids and adults (especially adults who grew up skating) should find this an enjoyable experience.
What's the story?
Nic and Tristan (real-life twins and skateboarders Nic and Tristan Puehse) want to go outside and ride their skateboards to the Mega Dega skatepark. Their plans are thwarted when their parents go on a dinner date and leave them with a very stern and strict babysitter. Regardless, they plan their escape, but must contend with fleeing from punk rockers who want to give them mohawks, girls who want to chase them like they're in a boyband, and security guards before somehow making it to Mega Dega then making it home in time before their parents come back.
Is it any good?
NIC AND TRISTAN GO MEGA DEGA is as about as lighthearted as you can get. Silly and playful, imaginative and filled with scenes of the twin brothers performing stunts on their skateboards, the movie has strong similarities to the goofiness of Peewee's Playhouse. The adults are wacky caricatures of authority figures (parents, security guards, babysitters) without being negative about it, and the kids simply run around from mini-adventure to mini-adventure filled with pratfalls and hijinx that should entertain both kids and parents.
It's not the most intricate of storylines, but regardless, Nic and Tristan Go Mega Dega is a fast-paced and thoroughly enjoyable kickflip of a family film.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the ways the movie is true-to-life, and ways in which it uses exaggeration to create humor. What are some of the scenes where things seem unrealistic?
Do Nic and Tristan seem like good role models? What are the pros and cons of their behavior?
How much time do you think Nic and Tristan put into practicing their skateboarding? What would happen if you spent more time practicing at the things you're good at?
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