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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Strongly promotes standing up for oneself and one's beliefs, individuality, teamwork, independence, and good sportsmanship.
Positive Role Models
Recognizes and finds value in a wide canvas of people, both adults and kids, who get the job done despite obstacles. Heroine is resourceful, compassionate, courageous, determined, honest, and loyal; she affects others in a positive way. Comically hateful villain is seen as misguided rather than cruel; she learns a lesson. Stereotypical mean girls get their comeuppance, but probably don't change. Ethnic diversity. Some Southern stereotypes.
Violence & Scariness
Some pushing and shoving, falls, a food fight. Mean girls intimidate heroes.
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Occasional swearing ("ass," "damn," "s--t," a character's name is "Hell-No"). Bullying and insults ("half-ass," "pee-girl," "freak," "girl-boy"). Bed-wetting and peeing are important to the story. Peeing on camera. Vomiting and farting.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer drinking; a character sneaks alcohol into an iced drink. Smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Troop Zero is an unconventional comedy in which a familiar underdog story turns out fresh and original. Set in 1977 Georgia, it follows young Christmas Flint (McKenna Grace), a quirky, space-loving girl who's coping with the death of her mom just as the United States is preparing to launch two Voyager spacecraft carrying records of sounds of life on Earth. Her efforts to become part of the project -- assisted by a ragtag gang of other kids she enlists, including a gender-nonconforming boy -- are both funny and affecting. Expect occasional swearing ("ass," "damn," "hell," "s--t") and bullying insults ("half-ass," "freak," "girl-boy," "bed-wetter"). A character vomits; there's also unintentional pants-wetting and a fart. Some tussling occurs: pushing, a punch, a fall, a food fight, and mean girls' intimidation. A scout leader smokes and adults drink beer but doesn't get drunk. Some mean-girl and Southern exaggerations/stereotypes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
An endearingly-gifted young leading lady, sparkling supporting performances, and a devilishly irreverent take on the underdog story make this period movie funny, surprising, and notably current. McKenna Grace's Christmas Flint is an unforgettable character, and she's surrounded by a group of young actors who seem remarkably at ease as they inhabit their eccentric roles. Jim Gaffigan is wonderful as Christmas's beleaguered widowed dad, and Viola Davis and Allison Janney make terrific sparring partners. Co-directors Bert & Bertie, working from a script by Lucy Alibar, have succeeded in making a family movie with just enough grit -- it's mostly wholesome but it has its moments -- to make it special. Troop Zero first appeared in the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
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