Want more recommendations for your family?
Sign up for our weekly newsletter for entertainment inspiration
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie's purpose is entertainment rather than education.
The movie teaches the importance of family. A strong message is not to fear what you don't understand, and to show empathy and compassion -- even to those who seem lost. Love and understanding are more powerful than anger and hate.
Positive Role Models
The main characters -- brother and sister Ian and Claire -- put themselves in danger to help their grandfather, though they are reckless, lie, trespass, break into a home, bet, and steal in the process. Ian is brave and resourceful, while Claire is intelligent and empathetic. Their father is distant and belittles the small town, though changes his behavior during the movie.
Violence & Scariness
Death is referenced throughout and a scene takes place at a memorial. There are numerous ghosts -- including one "evil" ghost, who throws fireballs and sets places alight. Eerie happenings include faces stuck in walls and eyes popping out of a ghost's head. There is mention of being burned at the stake and the disembowelment of a pumpkin. A character is hit in the face with a tree branch, another falls down a mineshaft, and a snarling dog attacks.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Language includes "Jesus," "freak," "little beggars," and "butt."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
A character tries to manipulate a local legend in order to open a theme park and monetize it.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Scream Team is a Disney fantasy-adventure TV movie that deals with issues of death and the afterlife in a light -- and often humorous -- tone. Though there are ghosts in it, many are friendly. Even the "evil" ghost, who throws fire and feeds off souls, is only likely to scare the very young due to a mixture of bad special effects and lack of immediate peril. The death of the grandfather and implication that the mother has passed away will be upsetting for some. There is some mild language such as "freak," "little beggars," and "butt." "Jesus" is also used as an exclamation. The two children, Ian (Mark Rendall) and Claire (Kat Dennings) are adventurous and inquisitive, but take a lot of risks, lie, break the rules and even the law. However, the overall story is a fun adventure about fighting an infamous local ghost, saving the town and helping their grandfather to pass on to the afterlife -- ultimately letting him go. Family is a central theme, and the characters are taught that compassion and understanding are stronger than anger and revenge. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Mark Rendall makes an energetic and likable hero and a young Kat Jennings brings the requisite sarcasm and eye-rolling to the character of his savvy, long-suffering sister in this Disney TV movie. The family relationships in The Scream Team are believable and intricate, though clearly set up to facilitate the moral messages -- of a father repeating his own father's mistakes, of the importance of truth and understanding, and learning to let go.
The plot itself is a little more convoluted than it needs to be, and often both the scares and the comedy fail to land. The horror element particularly suffers from the cheap special effects, which are so unrealistic that they feel silly rather than scary. Monty Python's Idle and his ghost buddies offer a zany comedy element that will amuse younger viewers, but it is the most simple devices, such as whispering voices and objects moving on their own that prove far eerier than the big set pieces or the finale. The themes of death may upset some, but the adventure itself is light and entertaining, and can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Our Editors Recommend
Scary (But Not TOO Scary!) Halloween Movies
Scary Movies for Kids
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate