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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Teaches about the ecosystem of the ocean and how it's affected by pollution, trash. Gives tips for how you can lessen your environmental impact.
It's everyone's responsibility to protect and repair the ocean. Use your gifts to help others.
Positive Role Models
The 3Tails learn the importance of helping the ocean and others with their gifts, but they also lie to their parents. Some weird mixed messages about what's morally right and whether it's OK to cause harm to someone to help someone else.
Violence & Scariness
Some mild suspense when someone is watching Emily and leaving her mysterious notes. The girls are kidnapped and tied up. Someone draws blood from Emily against her will.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some jokes about Emily having a secret admirer when someone leaves her flowers.
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Products & Purchases
The film is based on a YouTube series. There's also a line of mermaid tails for sale that look like the tails the girls wear in the movie, along with other products. References to Sea World, The Hunger Games, and Finding Nemo.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The 3Tails Movie: A Mermaid Adventure is a feature-length film based on a YouTube series starring three teenage girls playing mermaids. There's also a product company, the 2Tails, that makes and sells mermaid tails that match the ones worn by the girls in the movie. There's minor profanity ("crap" is used twice) and some mild suspense when the girls are kidnapped by someone hoping to harness their mermaid power, which may be scary for very young kids. The movie preaches about the importance of keeping the ocean clean and explains how pollution affects the ocean's ecosystem. There are also some positive messages about using your special talents for good and helping others, but the message gets a bit muddied when (SPOILER ALERT) the girls protect the man who orchestrated their kidnapping but condemn the woman who did the dirty work. Viewers who haven't seen the YouTube show may also have trouble following the plot, since some characters and plot points assume you've seen the show. But Friends fans will get a kick out of Janice's (Maggie Wheeler) cameo as Maria the housekeeper. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Though fans of the 3Tails YouTube series may be excited to see more of these finned friends, viewers who haven't seen the series will probably be left floundering. There are characters who are never explained (it's assumed we know who they are), dangling plot points, and mysteries that never seem to be solved. There's also some painfully amateur effects and acting. It's admirable that a group of young teens -- and their parents -- created a YouTube series, a product company, and now a full-length movie, but unfortunately, it doesn't make for very good cinema.
Ocean lovers will no doubt enjoy the beautiful shots of sea life, and mermaid fans will love seeing the girls swim through pristine waters. But only die-hard fans of the show will probably enjoy this movie, and parents may not be too thrilled about the available product tie-ins.
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