A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Don't give up, think things through to solve problems. Loved ones stay with us in our hearts.
Positive Role Models
Danny is brave and loyal, but runs away from authorities because he doesn't want to be placed in a foster home. He wants to know the truth about his father's past, and whether there's really any treasure or not. When Jeanne learns to let go of her resentment and not to blame the wrong people for her problems she becomes a loyal friend and valuable team member.
Violence & Scariness
An important character dies in a diving accident when he's struck by debris. His body floats away and then the camera cuts to a sad graveside ceremony. A man falls from the top of a lighthouse; his body is seen on the ground but there's no blood or gore. Some sword fighting, pushing and shoving, and threatening with knives and guns. A man slaps a teen on the back of the head. Characters in mild peril. Mention of past drowning. A magical being disappears under water. A teen suddenly comes across a skeleton. A teen in a scary mask practices sword fighting, played for comedy.
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"Butt." Name-calling includes "dumb" and "goober."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Pipe smoking shown once.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island is an adventure that's mildly suspenseful and scary, with a one-eyed banshee, sword fighting, finding a skeleton, and the (not-at-all gory) body of someone who fell from a lighthouse. There's some sadness, too, because Danny's an orphan and an important adult in his life dies. There's some name calling like "gooberhead," and one use of "butt." Positive modeling and messages are weakly conveyed, but the teens are brave, loyal, and work together as a team. It's fine for most kids, but it's not likely to hold the littlest ones' interest. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Unfortunately, the brief presence of Oscar-winner Ernest Borgnine is not enough to save this movie from its problems. The Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island suffers from poor acting, a predictable story, and props like swords that even kids will easily spot as fake. It doesn't build enough excitement to keep younger kids interested, but tweens who can add a lot of their own imagination to the story may find it mildly enjoyable. But with so many other great treasure-hunting adventures out there, this one should go to the very bottom of the list.
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