A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie celebrates science. Characters need to solve an equation to save the day.
The movie teaches empathy and communication. Listening to and understanding others can bring people closer. Family is also an important theme.
Positive Role Models
Scientists Norton and Marigold follow many stereotypes, including an obsession with their work and an inability to fit in or to communicate on a non-academic level. They put their work before their children, Marie and Eddie, and don't spend much time with them. Similarly, Marie and Eddie are preoccupied with being cool and constantly embarrassed when their parents stand out. The characters' good points emerge during the film, such as the parents' confidence in being themselves and creating an innovative home environment, and the children's caring nature and resourcefulness.
Violence & Scariness
Characters are in danger of disappearing from existence. Explosions in the science lab shake neighboring houses, but nobody is hurt. A character's hat is set on fire, but no injury is seen. A parent is slightly verbally abusive to the family's pet dog.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Parents flirt, hug, and kiss. There is mention of going steady and crushes.
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Occasional language such as "heck" and derogatory terms such as "busybody" are used.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Poof Point is a Disney TV movie family comedy about scientist parents who spend more time in the lab than with their teenage children. The intense, socially awkward behavior of parents Norton (Mark Curry) and Marigold Ballard (Dawnn Lewis) relies heavily on stereotypes, as does the exacerbated, eye-rolling of teenage children Eddie (Tahj Mowry) and Marie (Raquel Lee). There is no strong language, violence, or references to drinking, drugs, or smoking, and sexual references are kept to tame kisses and hugs between parents and passing mention of crushes. The science lab is colorful and inventive, and math is involved in saving the day, potentially helping to make the subjects exciting for younger children. At its core, the movie is about the parents and children swapping roles, in turn remembering the importance of fun and understanding responsibility, making it easier for them to bond as a family. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Disney's The Poof Point is colorful, energetic, and chaotic… but lacks any real urgency until the final scene. Younger children will enjoy the sheer silliness of the parents gradually getting younger -- playing seven-year-olds and toddlers from within their 40-year-old bodies. But elsewhere the acting isn't always convincing, making the pace seem slower than the movie's 89 minutes should allow. Turn-to-camera interludes only serve to make it feel more disjointed and provide another example of the acting not quite hitting the mark.
There are very few levels beyond the immediate physicality of what is happening in any given scene, so older children and adults may struggle to stick with a plot line that deviates very little from the generic and predictable. However, it does serve to make science and math appear fun and encourages understanding between parents and children, making it an easy watch with some educational value that will keep younger viewers amused.
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