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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is more about fun and adventure than education, although it does teach plenty of positive messages.
The movie teaches about love and loss, and that crime doesn't pay. It also focuses on the importance of kindness and understanding toward others.
Positive Role Models
Kassie is shown to be kind and thoughtful, but is also strong and stands up for herself. Some of the other kids tease each other, but come together on a mission for good at the end. The single-parent family unit is portrayed as very close and loving, with the father responsible and caring. There are two robbers who are stereotypically greedy and mean, and shown to be bumbling and not particularly smart.
Violence & Scariness
Moments of mild peril and violence include characters being punched, falling unconscious (including a kid), hit with paint and tennis balls from toy guns, and caught in barbed wire. There are instances of a dog being pushed into the river to drown, hit with a bat off-screen, and taken to the veterinarian to save its life. A car chase involves kids cycling fast on bikes (though wearing helmets). The death of a parent is mentioned. There is some verbal teasing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There is passing mention of a 15-year-old having a boyfriend at school.
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Some gender-based teasing includes phrases such as "stupid scared girl."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scoot & Kassie's Christmas Adventure is a family adventure in which a young girl saves an injured dog and comes together with local friends to stop a robbery. It is mostly very wholesome, with no strong language, consumption of adult substances, or sexual content, although there are ocassional moments of teasing between teens. There are also moments of mild peril, with a young character kidnapped by robbers, as well as instances of mild violence including a character being punched in the face. A dog is also injured and presumed dead. The movie focuses on family, friends, and community, with the local church also a strong focus. Main character Kassie (Ariana Bagley) has a strong family dynamic with her sister, Esther (Camrey Bagley Fox), and father, Paul (Luke Perry), following the death of the sister's mother. Messages of kindness and understanding are central, and the tone is mostly upbeat and warm. The movie is also known as K-9 Adventures: A Christmas Tale in some territories and has a sequel called K-9 Adventures: Legend of the Lost Gold. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Wholesome, sweet and with strong positive messages, the movie is suitable for most of the family, but the kids of today will likely be expecting something a little more polished. Scoot & Kassie's Christmas Adventure certainly lacks the energy of its Disney counterparts. The overall plot feels incredibly generic with many scenes overworked to the point of parody and never quite hitting the mark.
Even though it comes in at under 90 minutes, the story feels slow to unravel and much of the acting in the supporting roles a touch unconvincing. Some humor lands very early on with the robbers stopping at a red light and being conscious of the speed limit. But it's lost later in the movie, replaced with forced laughter and a general lackluster feel. The end result sadly feels less of an adventure and more of an endurance test.
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