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Spy School

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Madcap tween story has cartoonish violence, some bullying.

Movie PG 2009 86 minutes
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Kids will enjoy SPY SCHOOL for its portrayal of bumbling and oafish authority figures, and the mischievous ways in which Thomas gets out of trouble through his over-the-top tales. Parents who can overlook these cartoonish portrayals will ultimately enjoy the movie's overarching message on why it's important to tell the truth. Through the exaggerated parody of middle school life and the misadventures in the story itself, timeless messages of being honest and being grateful for the friends you have emerge.

Although it's the kind of movie that makes it hard to suspend disbelief, there's enough charm in the acting to overcome some of the forced plot points along the way. As lead liar Thomas, Forrest Landis isn't as annoying as other precocious child actors playing precocious kids, and as his would-be girlfriend, AnnaSophia Robb, adds a dimension of sweetness to the movie as the two characters navigate through the difficulties of a budding tween romance. It's not the most sophisticated comedy out there for families, but the humor and the message should make this a movie both parents and kids can enjoy.

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