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Trico Tri: Happy Halloween

By Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Mild sexuality, language in low-budget family ghost comedy.

Movie PG-13 2018 89 minutes
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You might say that this ultra-low-budget -- but harmless -- family comedy lacks professional sheen. The actual laughs in Trico Tri: Happy Halloween are few and far between, with the best line coming in the opening minutes (a Cuban American couple enters an abandoned home on a rainy night, saying, "What good can happen with two minorities going in that house?"). The rest might as well be silence.

This film desperately needs tightening at every turn. The whole "Throw a huge party" plot makes no sense. The ghosts' powers are undefined. There are some odd lighting choices and forced comedy. Castellanos fares best in that regard as dimwitted "nice guy" villain Willy. The sequence in which Jorge and Christy go on a date is also charming. Otherwise, it's not so easy to get through, though benign enough for tweens. And the fluid mix of English and Spanish dialogue/words (also known as "Spanglish") may resonate with some viewers (the movie's title may refer to a Spanglish pronunciation of "trick or treat," but it's never really heard as such in the film). At first the mix is a bit disorienting, as viewers who don't speak both languages will find their eyes darting up and down from the subtitles. But it ends up feeling like a pretty good way to learn whichever language a viewer might not speak as well.

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