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The Journey Home

By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Arctic adventure tale has lots of suspense, some dark themes

Movie PG 2015 98 minutes
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age 11+

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age 11+

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Although it's a visually stunning homage to the beauty and splendor of the Canadian Arctic, this adventure film falls a bit flat on plot development and dialogue. Kids with short attention spans will appreciate the quick jump into the perilous journey across the ice, but older kids and adults may want a little more character development and less awkward lessons on the Arctic wildlife. But animal and nature lovers will enjoy the playful romping of the polar bear cub and the incredible shots of narwhals, seals, and more.

Parents no doubt will appreciate the overarching emphasis on protecting native wildlife and cultures and the responsibility we all have to protect the defenseless, even if it is a bit heavy-handed. They'll also appreciate the more nuanced messages about the give and take of parents learning to allow kids to become their own people, as well as that of kids learning that parents are complex adults.

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