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The Scream Team

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Zany ghost adventure deals with death and the afterlife.

Movie NR 2002 88 minutes
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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.

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