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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The Secret of Loch Ness offers positive messages about believing in your convictions and the importance of uncovering the truth.
Positive Role Models
Characters are well-meaning but self-absorbed. The mother has not told her son the truth about his father's identity and offers little in the way of explanation. The son lies to maneuver about and find out the truth but faces almost no consequences for doing so. The father is self-absorbed and more concerned with advancing his career than being kind or curious. Though everyone has lessons to learn, the majority of the film is spent in quest mode, where characters are ruthless in getting information.
Violence & Scariness
Peril throughout as an 11-year-old boy wanders off on his own with no adult guidance into the wilderness to investigate his father's identity and perhaps find the Loch Ness monster. A man is shot after struggling with another man, then falls to the ground (he later recovers). A man in pursuit of a couple points and fires a gun wildly in their direction. A man is shot in the leg, and blood is shown briefly. Elsewhere, a woman slaps a man across the face in multiple scenes. A large water-bound dinosaur pursues or intimidates boaters, knocks over boats, or speeds menacingly through water. In one scene, a child falls off an upturned boat into water and disappears (but is later found). There are some dark figures and scary shadows, as well as a Gollum-like character hidden in a cave who turns out to be nice but looks rather frightening.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few kisses. A guy warns a woman not to have an affair with a coworker.
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Minor profanity used throughout, such as "s--t," "bulls--t," and "Christ" as an expletive.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Secret of Loch Ness involves an 11-year-old boy who believes his father drowned discovering that his father might be alive, and he sets off on his own (using deceit) to track him down. There's some profanity (including "s--t" and "Christ"), violence that includes a man being shot twice with a gun (but surviving), peril throughout, and some mature themes involving unplanned pregnancy and dishonesty about a child's origin family. It's also quite obviously overdubbed and revoiced in English, which makes for awkward viewing. 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 may look like a boyhood fantasy adventure about tracking the Loch Ness monster, but kids in the market for a closer look at this world-famous nonexistent plesiosaur will be disappointed. There are only a few blips of the monster on-screen (mostly shown in menacing water ripples), and the rest of the film gets lost in a separate plot with an eerily Gollum-like creature (the one from The Lord of the Rings) protecting ancient treasure. There are some heavy themes here with the boy's eventual discovery of the circumstances of his birth and his mother's scattered dishonesty (none of which is ever adequately addressed), and other assorted violence, which includes some gunshots and lots of abandoned loose ends.
The effects are subpar, and the overdubbed, revoiced English by separate actors adds an off-kilter, emotionless quality to the proceedings. It's too heavy for very young kids and doesn't deliver what it promises for anyone interested in cryptozoology.
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