Timecrafters: The Treasure of Pirate's Cove
By Andrea Beach,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Tale of kids versus time-traveling pirates has some peril.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Treasure-hunt adventure meant to entertain rather than educate.
The greatest treasure you'll ever have is the family and friends who go with you on life's journey.
Positive Role Models
Josh and his friends model communication, teamwork, courage, and perseverance. Most main characters are White, but the pirates (good and bad) have a variety of skin colors and accents. Some stereotypes include the Asian kid who's a nerdy math wiz, the fat kid who's slovenly and usually depicted eating or thinking about his diet, and the girl who's a social media maven.
Violence & Scariness
Some swordfights and a few punches. No hits landing or swords slicing or stabbing are shown. No blood or gore. Some cartoon violence, like a chandelier landing on a villain, knocking him out. A couple of sea battles with cannon fire. A few dark, creepy locations with slightly eerie music and a skeleton in a cage. Characters are in danger from drowning and being captured. A flashback shows a man being pushed off a ship's plank.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple are seen giggling and embracing. Brief depictions of romantic interest between adults.
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"Dammit" and "diddlypoop."
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Products & Purchases
Several prominent shots of Twinkies.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
An empty bottle rolls across a ship's deck. An adult drinks once from a wine glass. Characters assume some adults asleep on the beach passed out from drinking, but they were actually washed ashore. A negative character holds and chomps an unlit cigar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Timecrafters: The Treasure of Pirate's Cove is the first in a planned time-traveling series. There are pirates, swashbuckling, and treasure hunting, but the violence is cartoonish. Punches and swords are never shown landing, and there's no blood or gore. There are a few spooky atmospheres and a skeleton in a cage. A couple giggles and briefly caresses a couple of times. Strong language is one use of "dammit" and a couple of "diddlypoop." Twinkies feature prominently in a few shots. Alcohol use is implied by a rolling bottle and assuming some adults passed out from drinking (they didn't), and one sip from a wine glass. A negative character holds and chomps a large cigar. Parental loss is a theme from a modern-day father lost at sea and in the past a boy watches as his father is pushed from a ship's plank. The supporting cast is diverse but main characters are all White. There's also some stereotyping in the nerdy Asian kid, the fat kid who's always eating, and the girl who's really into social media.
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What's the Story?
TIMECRAFTERS: THE TREASURE OF PIRATE'S COVE is the story of how Josh (Casey Simpson) and his friends find a pirate's treasure map while beachcombing one day. Little could they imagine that the very same day, a group of pirates from the 18th century wash up on the same shore, and they're after the very same map. Pirate Geoffrey Pistol (Eric Balfour) is convinced the map will lead to the infamous Captain Kidd's lost treasure. Hot on Pistol's heels is the vengeful Captain Lynch (Malcolm McDowell), who was betrayed by Pistol and will stop at nothing to get the treasure himself.
Is It Any Good?
This time-travelling pirate story will be fun for tweens, but it's got some problems that are likely to keep teens and adults from truly enjoying it. Of course, Timecrafters: The Treasure of Pirate's Cove has swashbuckling swordfights, cannons blazing, and four kids who find a treasure map and manage to stay one step ahead of the pirates at every turn. The adult actors are a bit uneven, but the supporting cast is solid and provides some fun comic relief. Veteran actor Malcolm McDowell seems to be having fun as a revenge-seeking, evil pirate captain.
The script is weak, often stating the obvious (again) instead of advancing the story or action. There are too many subplots (most of them cliches) to make it easy for little kids to follow. And there are a few plot holes and a continuity problem or two that teens and adults will see right through. Think of it as a low-budget The Goonies. Still, for the right age group it's not terrible, and with fewer content concerns than the '80s classic, it's a viable candidate for a sleepover night.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about stereotypes in The Treasure of Pirate's Cove. What is a stereotype? Did you notice any characters like that? Why are stereotypes harmful in movies, TV, games, etc.?
Pirate movies and games are always popular. What do we love about them? What are some of your favorites?
This movie combines time-traveling science fiction with treasure-hunting pirates. Is this movie a good combination of the two? Why or why not?
What character strengths and life skills do the characters display?
- On DVD or streaming: December 12, 2020
- Cast: Denise Richards, Malcolm McDowell, Eric Balfour, Casey Simpson
- Director: Rick Spalla
- Studio: Quiver Distribution
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Pirates
- Character Strengths: Communication, Courage, Perseverance, Teamwork
- Run time: 105 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: December 7, 2022
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