A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Brief mention of Harry Houdini and other real-life stage magicians, but ultimately this movie's purpose is to entertain.
The value of friendship is prominent throughout -- believing in your friends, and supporting and trusting them. Also the importance of sticking together when times get tough.
Positive Role Models
Allyson is smart, confident, brave, and determined, but also a self-confessed "know-it-all." Danny is relatable -- although talented he lacks confidence and thinks he's a "freak." The pair bond over being outcasts that other kids can't relate to.
Violence & Scariness
Mysterious goings-on provide a sense of creepiness. There is a jump scare when characters are in a dark basement and a bat flies out of nowhere. Later a door slams behind them unexpectedly.
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Mild disputes between teens. A character refers to themselves as a "freak."
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Allyson wears a Harvard University sweatshirt in all her narrator scenes.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Now You See It… is a made-for-TV Disney movie featuring relatable teenagers with good, solid values. Centered around a fictional reality show to find the "World's Best Kid Magician," the movie is full of intrigue and is compelling right from the off. But the occasionally eerie tone could be deemed creepy by younger kids. There are also some jump scares such as a door slamming shut or a bat suddenly flying out of a dark basement. There are also low-level disputes among competitive teens, and duplicitous adults dealing in deception -- including Frank Langella as Mystic Max. But the main characters are empathetic, brave and proactive. With twists, turns, and puzzles to be solved this is good tween entertainment with positive messages around trust, solidarity, and fitting in. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This family-friendly drama about a young magician has plenty of Disney's trademarks -- a perky hero, a sinister villain, magic, intrigue, and teamwork. An implausible storyline (that real magicians actually exist) is carried by a decent script and solid acting. Langella is reassuringly crooked as Mystic Max, while Pacar does a good job of portraying a teenager struggling to come to terms with his powers.
Despite this -- and a few spooky scenes and treacherous characters -- the overriding tone of Now You See It… is light. As the plucky teens solve puzzles, uncover secret messages, and expose deceptions, you can't help but go along for the ride.
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