The Naked Brothers Band: Polar Bears

Movie review by
Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media
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Eco-message buried in overly flirty behavior.
  • NR
  • 2008
  • 67 minutes

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Perhaps to counteract the nonstop flirting onscreen, the movie tries for a heavy-duty message that somehow links polar bears, Hurricane Katrina victims, and Santa Claus. The band holds a charity concert to benefit the environment, and one character makes repeated humorous attempts to clean up his bandmates' environmental footprint. Band members travel in a luxury bus largely absent of any parental supervision, but take a tour of Katrina-ravaged New Orleans and end up staying in a temporary trailer with a displaced resident.

Violence

Boys get into a wrestling match over a girl.

Sex

For a movie aimed at tweens, it's top heavy with flirting, romantic scheming, and public displays of affection between cast members. A boy pinches a girl's bottom to prove he's a "bad boy," but receives a thorough scolding from the girl instead. Platonic co-ed wrestling matches are understandably misinterpreted, and the main character pines over his love interest throughout the movie. A young couple kisses and embraces, and are shown cuddling on the floor with one character in a sleeping bag.

Language
Consumerism

The Naked Brothers Band is a Nickelodeon staple, so the movie will cross-promote their TV show and Web site presence.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this full-length feature from the Naked Brothers Band, comprising tweens and young teens, is heavy on romance and flirtation that some families may feel inappropriate for their kids of the same age. While the characters are altruistic in their efforts to raise money to help save the endangered polar bears and assist their friends in post-Katrina New Orleans, the message is heavy handed and takes a back seat to the romantic machinations of the band members. Straightforward footage of New Orleans' continued devastation may require some discussion and explanation for younger kids.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymiriamxox1 November 7, 2018

Awesome

Best movie I hace ever seen in my life
Adult Written bythomas29 April 9, 2008
Kid, 10 years old July 11, 2010

This isnt a show for kids

This isnt a show for kids there for it needs ro be rated PG13, a boy and a girl kiss then sleep with each other in a sleeping bag, (note the boy is 12 and the g... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written by96grlpowrCE January 29, 2010

This is one of my must-see summertime moves... :S

This movie was outstanding, in my opinion. I saw it the summer after 6th grade and instantly loved it. Some of the best songs from Season Two appear in this mov... Continue reading

What's the story?

In THE NAKED BROTHERS BAND: POLAR BEARS, members of the band featured on the Nickelodeon show of the same name travel by bus to New Orleans to stage a charity concert to help the polar bears, spurred on by Alex (Alex Wolff) after he inadvertently views An Inconvenient Truth. While in New Orleans, the bandmates bunk down with family friends displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Miscommunication between the band and a vindictive mob of reporters, not to mention between romantically minded friends, plague the kids and call their good intentions into question.

Is it any good?

While shallow, this movie can be credited for its effort to focus young fans' attention on global warming and the ongoing plight of the people of New Orleans. (Explanations of just how kids can benefit these causes are skimpy, though.) The young brothers who star in the show, Alex and Nat Wolff (Nat Wolff), write and perform the songs in the movie with endearing sincerity, capably backed by their young cast/bandmates. The treatment of the band by an aggressive press corps may make for interesting family conversation about the limits to privacy and media objectivity.

But in the end the main story is romance between tweens, and that may make some families uncomfortable. Boys and girls alike are shown posturing to attract the attention of the opposite sex, and when the dust finally settles there's kissing and hugging that seems overly mature. Perhaps it's a function of the fact that there is virtually no reliable adult supervision around the "megastar" kids who travel in a luxury bus and don't appear to attend regular school. When one character says she will hold off on love "until I'm 13," the adult audience will heave a sigh of relief.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Alex's sudden obsession with polar bears and saving the environment. What are the things that you do as a family to help the Earth? Which of Alex's suggestions seem far-fetched, and which could you try? Families can also talk about the level of affection on display between the characters; how does that compare to your own family's expectations for behavior with members of the opposite sex?

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