Good movie for kids
I watched this with my seven year old son--a sensitive viewer. He really enjoyed it. I noticed that he was quite tense during some junkyard scenes, but if I touched his back or smiled at him, he would breathe and relax. There was just enough humor and silliness to offset his tension and he enjoyed himself. There were three moments that made me uncomfortable watching with my son. 1) the way that the boys oogled the lifeguard. The objectification was so unnecessary, and completely unrelated to the main story. I wish it had been eliminated entirely. But, in the end, it was a minor piece to the movie and its impact on my son seemed to be overshadowed by the rest of the action. 2) one boy yells "S--t!" when he is running from the junkyard dog. I also wish this were not part of the movie, but at least it was an appropriate use of the word! lol. It passed and I was okay with it. 3) There is an exchange of crude name-calling between two baseball teams and some trash-talking during a subsequent game. It is definitely an example of poor-sportsmanship, and certainly generates bad name-calling ideas for kids. But, some of it was indeed funny and so we were able to laugh through it, taking the edge off of any hurtful feelings it might otherwise have generated. Despite these three things, the fun characters, good humor, and adventure made it a really enjoyable movie for my son and I. I plan to show it at my older son's 10th birthday party.