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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Roxy sometimes breaks her mother's rules (skipping school, for instance) and is guilty of pestering adults until she gets her way. But she's also a self-reliant, motivated, determined young woman who doesn't let anyone stand in the way of doing what she feels is the right thing.
Violence & Scariness
Some mild suspense and peril; in one scene, two thugs tie up Roxy and her cohort and set explosives to destroy the building with them in it, but fate steps in to save them at the last minute. A man hits his head and is unconscious for a few minutes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Innocent romance blooms between adults, but there's nothing physical.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In one restaurant scene, a man holds a bottle of wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the young detective at the heart of this third installment in the Roxy Hunter series is noticeably more mature here than in her two previous stories. She's still highly opinionated, guilty of disregarding rules (she makes some references to skipping school), and in a few instances does bully adults into doing her bidding -- but overall it's her self-reliance, resourcefulness, and dedication to a cause that will make an impression on her female tween fans. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Tween fans of this spunky young gumshoe will find plenty more to like in THE MYTH OF THE MERMAID, the latest installment of the TV movie series based on the books by Tracey West. Roxy is at her precocious best, always on the lookout for adventure and willing to meet challenges head-on. Tweens -- particularly girls -- will be thoroughly entertained by this story, which combines mythical lore, evil plots, suspenseful twists, and heroic efforts by Roxy and Max to once again upstage the adults around them.
Even better than its entertainment value is the fact that the movie presents its tween audience with a quality female lead in Roxy. She's still prone to breaking rules when they don't suit her (like skipping school to investigate a mystery), and parents may take issue with her ability to wear down adults' resolve by pestering them until they cave in to her requests. But it's her self-confidence, determination, and resourcefulness that tweens will remember at the movie's end. Need another reason to like her? This isn't a character whose face is splashed across every department store wall, so there's not a hint of merchandising in the movie or the character -- unless you count the books on which her adventures are based.
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