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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The "grass is always greener" lesson gets learned rather predictably here; bratty movie star gets nice;, wannabe gets a shot at stardom.
Violence & Scariness
A boat chase; fake-looking guns are used on a film set; a stunt man gets punched and hit with bottles in what is supposed to be a funny aside post-credits.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Prince and Pauper do some mild flirting with and staring at girls.
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Parents and parental figures do a lot of yelling, but no bad words are uttered.
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Products & Purchases
The boys play a racing game on the XBox; Hansen's soda shown twice.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Grandpa says once, "What, are you high?"
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this DVD is squarely aimed at tween fans of Suite Life of Zack and Cody stars Dylan and Cole Sprouse. The content is equally mild, with some fake-looking guns on a film set and one short boat-chase scene (though an outtake after the credits shows someone getting punched and hit over the head with bottles). Caregivers of the two boys seem to yell a lot, and a mother is pretty self-absorbed throughout. She also keeps the identity of her son's father a secret until the end, when she happens to run into him. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie is a very long 92 minutes, especially for anyone not into the Sprouse twins' The Suite Life of Zack and Cody TV show. Both the story and acting are mediocre kid-TV quality, and the pace is like a TV episode in slow motion, with only one boat-chase scene to shake it up.
Too bad they didn't try a little harder, especially since tweens are so celeb-aware/entranced and could take away some more grounded ideas about life as a kid star. Instead, the ideas are lost in a drone of bickering with adults who don't believe the boys when they claim to be someone else. And there's a "guess what, you're his dad" moment tacked on to add a certain something the wasted 92 minutes really could have done without.
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