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Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Clumsy, tween-focused thriller wastes potential.

Movie PG 2007 81 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Too scary for 11 year old

I don't think this movie is for most 11-12 years old. It has a lot of tense, scary moments with scary music tracks. Way too much suggestion and details on paranormal activity. It even made me jump a couple times. I'm thinking our son will have nightmares tonight, he watched most of it peeking thru his hands. I made him watch it to the end, because I thought it would be a light-hearted ending (it's SUPPOSE to be a family movie, right?), however that's not really how it went so I'm sorry I didn't just turn it off. There is some language that I wouldn't want him to hearing either. I think it would be a great movie for 14 yrs and up.
age 10+

Is It Any Good?

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Here's what good about Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour: Rissa Walters. Though the young actress is rough around the edges, she brings a sweetness to Sarah. Writer-director Lisa Comrie displays a rudimentary understanding of suspense-building. Though she often overplays her hand, some scenes manage to goose viewers effectively -- despite the restlessness that's likely to beset them the rest of the time. Because although Comrie has the best intentions, Sarah Landon is beyond amateurish.

The premise is interesting enough, but any promise is quickly overwhelmed by Lisa Comrie's clear inexperience. Camera set-ups are awkward, transitions are ragged, and the plot is full of holes. Casting her brothers (and other family members) in lead roles also proves to be a bad idea, as evidenced by their ham-handed approach. (Dan Comrie is smoother as David's younger brother, Matt). The big "confrontation scene" is almost laughable for its superficiality; you have to wonder what would have happened had Comrie had the ability to dig deeper to find a resolution.

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