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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Somewhere in this move is the idea that efforts to see the good inside children with behavioral issues will pay off, but this message is lost with the over-the-top deplorable behavior and sheer unlikeability of most of the kids.
Positive Role Models
Most of the kids in this movie are terrible role models and stereotypes. For instance, in the first five minutes of the movie, a boy farts on his dog, dunks his brother in the toilet, and whips him in the crotch with a towel. And that's just the first five minutes. Later, this same boy is shown urinating on the front wall of his camp building.
Violence & Scariness
Kids engage in a food fight. Characters are hit in the crotch with towels and tennis balls. A boy is hit in the head with an oar. A boy gives his younger brother a head dunk in a toilet. A boy at camp tosses fruit bats in the air and smashes them with a tennis racket, killing one. A boy gives another boy a wedgie. A bully camper blows snot into a bowl of food to be eaten by other campers. This same bully is often shown shoving other campers as he walks past.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A hypochondriac boy makes reference to gonorrhea. Two boys argue about what puberty is, and one of the boys tells the other that he bets he doesn't have "hair on his pickle" yet. A boy draws faces on his hands and has them sing a comedic song about Herman putting the sperm in Myrna.
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"Ass," "pissed." Characters call each other names like "jerkbag," "stupid," and "buttface." A boy character gets halfway through saying the F-word before stopping. A character sings a song about a man named Herman putting the sperm in a woman named Myrna and getting her pregnant. A boy writes "4th Grade Sucks" in giant letters with white-out on his desk. The camp counselor makes up a song about boogers and has the kids sing along with it.
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Products & Purchases
A boy makes reference to X-Box, Game Boy, Tivo, and iPod.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Rainbow Tribe is a summer camp dramedy filled with potty humor and inappropriate behavior. In the first five minutes of the film, a boy wakes up in his underwear, scratches his backside, passes gas on his dog, shoves his brother's head in a toilet, and whips him with a towel in the crotch, causing the little brother to fall to the floor writhing in agony. The behavior doesn't improve in the following 85 minutes. The drama aspect of the movie centers on a middle-aged man sick with cancer who returns to the summer camp of his youth to find peace, but this story is overwhelmed by the awful shenanigans of the unlikable camp kids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The problem with THE RAINBOW TRIBE is that it's trying to be both a drama and a comedy, and fails at both. While Chief returns to the summer camp of his childhood to try and make sense of his life at middle-age while he struggles against cancer, you're more inclined to feel sorry for him because he has to deal with such obnoxious and unlikable boys. The serious message of the film is easily overwhelmed by the immature hijinks of the tween boy campers as they wedgie, pass gas, and make one inappropriate reference after another.
Amidst the Rich Kid, the Tough Kid, the Obnoxious Brat, the Hippie Kid, the Asthmatic Kid, and the Silent Kid, only the Silent Kid is the least bit likeable, and that's because he doesn't say anything until, predictably, the end of the movie. The rest of the kids epitomize the term "bad role models," and their actions will fill impressionable tweens and younger kids with iffy ideas and inappropriate jokes to carry them into puberty.
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