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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Roxy is a self-assured tween who's passionate about her beliefs and never backs down to peer pressure. But her determination often leads her to break rules (like sneaking out at night and befriending sketchy strangers), and she enjoys playing tricks on her friends. The movie also touches on the emotional response to losing a loved one.
Violence & Scariness
A few suspenseful scenes (a boy is startled by a dark figure in the woods, for example), and the supposed ghost of a young child makes an appearance (dialogue refers to her death in a plane crash).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mild flirting, and one brief kiss between adults.
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Products & Purchases
The movie is based on one of a series of books, so young fans may take an interest in reading them (which certainly isn't a bad thing).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the main character of this made-for-TV movie is an opinionated, strong-willed tween whose determination to solve mysteries often leads her to break rules (she sneaks out at night and steals a piece of a town monument) and act disrespectfully to adults and rudely to peers. But she's also self-reliant and resourceful and has enough self-esteem to stand by her convictions in the face of opposition. Suspense is mild enough that it won't bother the movie's target tween viewers, but two scenes show the supposed ghost of a young girl, and a few characters wrestle with having lost loved ones. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There's no doubt that tweens -- especially girls -- will thoroughly enjoy Roxy's adventures. And in many ways, the precocious gumshoe is an appropriate role model for her female tween fans. She's resourceful, self-reliant, determined, and fairly bursting with gumption and self-assurance. Once she takes hold of a cause, she always sees it through to the end, and she's never bothered by negative pressure from peers or adults.
But Roxy's strong-willed personality often leads her to make questionable choices, like sneaking out of the house at night or stealing the crystal from the town's lighthouse. She also turns the tables on irritating peers by playing pranks on them, and she speaks and acts rudely to adults. But in the end, she owns up to her wrongdoings and faces the consequences for them.
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