Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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age 7+

Teen sleuths confront lots of cartoon ghosts and mayhem.

NR 2019 81 minutes

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age 7+

Based on 1 review

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age 5+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 7+

Maybe the real demons were the friends we made along the way.

Ignoring the fact that it ignored a lot of key elements of the show it's based on (the 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo), the movie started out strong and quickly went downhill*. There are displays of butt hurted-ness and jealousy from Fred when Daphne tries to show that she is capable of leading the team (and in this situation she is more suited than he is due to her past experience with the 13 Ghosts). Despite the build up to Fred learning that he can share the role of leader, Daphne is still made to give up the position to him in the end (even giving the keys to HER car to him?) Velma was very mean to her friends in the name of "logic" and "science". She dismissed their claims and belittled them but was never proven wrong or reprimanded for this. Teaches kids to be disrespectful to others beliefs because they "know" they're right. Additionally, there was a scene in which Shaggy and Scooby impersonate Tibetan monks that felt disrespectful to the culture. I felt like it was a shallow attempt at showing "girl power" only to turn around teach kids not to challenge the status quo and that being upset over sharing/not being the leader is justifiable even when you are not best suited for the role. I don't recommend children watch this due to the lessons of the poor interactions between the kids. I also don't recommend watching if you were a fan of the series that it set out to conclude. Don't worry, it didn't even wrap up the show. You're not missing anything.

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