Parents' Guide to

Team Marco

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Charming get-outside-and-play family film; some stereotypes.

Movie NR 2020 92 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

Teaches kids that there is more than just video games…

This movie shows kids that there are other ways to have fun with friends and family rather than staying inside all day playing video games. The best part about putting down the video games is that you may just find yourself learning something new, making new friends, and getting some much needed fresh air. Very good family movie!
age 7+

Charming family movie that bridges generations and Staten Island, NY to the rest of the world

My family (including children ages 7, 10, and 12) loved this movie! It is an all-to-real depiction of what childhood is like for many in this digital age. However, the valuable lesson to be learned is that we have far more in common than what generational differences would lead us to believe. There are other strong metaphors to be gleaned, but at the heart of this movie is family bonding, the power and importance of friendships, and a love of and for community. Having spent several years of my life also living on Staten Island, this movie feels so much like a love letter to a place that is truly second to none. I can't recommend this movie enough and also to visit Staten Island, which is a gem in the sometimes overwhelmingly "big" New York City.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This family-friendly drama is charming and has some heartfelt moments. While the central message of too much technology can be sometimes overbearing and monolithic, Team Marco remains appealing because of its spirited performances, strong relationships, and themes of gratitude, family, and learning what's really important in life. Technologically-engaged kids will enjoy and greatly relate to Marco and his underused friends, who all enjoy electronics, gadgets, and the next hot new thing. There are some minor moments of danger that shouldn't be encouraged, like riding in a vehicle with no seatbelt or eating foods that you might be allergic to, but these scenes are meant for comedic relief as Nonno tries to get Marco to loosen up.

Some stereotyping, however, brings the film down a bit. There isn't anything surprising about the depiction of Nonno as an older adult, as he's expectedly confused by modern technologies (new coffee makers, iPads, video games) and scoffs at other modern conventions of younger people, (social media, music). Racially diverse characters are few and limited to very small nonspeaking roles, and Marco's mother, Anna, doesn't get to do anything except be an aggrieved single mother who still cares who her ex-husband dates. Beyond fretting over him and getting Marco to clean his room and spend time with Nonno, Anna has no depth or role beyond that.

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