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Parents need to know that The Sleepover is a kid-centric action caper with a good heart and family-friendly humor. Children learn and display courage, teamwork, family love, and appreciation for friends and siblings. The kids -- two teens and two middle schoolers -- also put themselves in potential danger on a quest to find their kidnapped parents. They ride in a car that drives itself (fast), although none of them have a license, and they jump out of a boat into the Boston Harbor to swim to safety. Adults are threatened at gunpoint and knifepoint and engage in hostage-taking and fights that include thrown objects, sedative injections, broken windpipes, handcuffing, and a variety of hits and kicks. The heroes always emerge unscathed, humor intact. A middle schooler is filmed dancing alone, and the video goes viral on social media, prompting his mom to threaten to sabotage the brakes of the offender's family car. The middle schooler also has his head hit against a hard surface and throws a toy sword at a man's nose. Sexual content includes reference to "boobs" and adults sharing brief kisses. Other body references are to "pee," "poop," and "boogers." Language also includes taunts and exclamations like "crap," "sucks," "nerd," "loser," "turd," "jeez," "oh my God," and "oh my Lord."
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What's the story?
Margot (Malin Ackerman), Ron (Ken Marino), and their kids, teen Clancy (Sadie Stanley) and middle schooler Kevin (Maxwell Simkins), appear to lead a happy if somewhat boring suburban life in THE SLEEPOVER. But all is not what it appears. When Margo and Ron disappear one night, it's up to the kids -- and their friends Mim (Cree Cicchino) and Lewis (Lucas Jaye) -- to track them down. It turns out that Margot has a much more exciting and secret former life, not to mention a hunky ex-fiancé (Joe Manganiello), and she has been cajoled into one last high-profile adventure with her former acquaintances. Ron, an affable yet clumsy pastry chef, is brought along as collateral. The kids will embark on the adventure of their short lives as they race against time to save the adults.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the secrets Margot has kept from her family in The Sleepover. Do you think family members are ever justified in keeping secrets from each other? Why or why not?
Which of the action sequences seemed the most realistic? How do you think that scene was filmed?
When his short life flashes before his eyes, Lewis realizes his life has been "boring." What is holding Lewis back?
- On DVD or streaming: August 21, 2020
- Cast: Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Ken Marino
- Director: Trish Sie
- Studio: LD Entertainment
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Adventures, Brothers and Sisters, Misfits and Underdogs
- Character strengths: Courage, Teamwork
- Run time: 103 minutes
- MPAA rating: G
- MPAA explanation: TV-G
- Last updated: August 21, 2020
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