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Scooby-Doo! and the Beach Beastie

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Mystery adventure has scary monster, addiction "jokes."

Movie NR 2015 22 minutes
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It must be tough to keep coming up with ideas for a character whose adventures have run for more than 50 years. However, giving Mystery Gang member Fred an addiction to nets in Scooby-Doo! and the Beach Beastie was a long shot that unfortunately misses the mark. The movie, which sees the characters going off on holiday -- so Fred can (unsuccessfully) go cold turkey -- suffers from this confusing development for Fred, and opens the door to a relentless, often grim, series of "jokes" about addiction. These will go over the heads of most kids and -- bar one admittedly good bit of wordplay -- leave adults shaking their heads.

The love story between Scooby-Doo and his girlfriend is odd, too. Shaggy's jealousy results in him telling Scoob he's sickened by him. Keep it light, maybe? The brightest burning star in Scooby-Doo! and the Beach Beastie is guest star Adam West. He plays an eccentric hotel owner and gives a gleefully unhinged, spirited performance that channels his mayor character from adult animation Family Guy. Taking on the form of a giant sea monster, a three-headed hydra, and a huge shark, the villain's attack scenes are pretty intense. Add to this a convoluted reveal and explanation that's plucked out of nowhere, and this beach holiday ends as unsatisfactorily as it starts.

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