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Turtle Tale

By Polly Conway, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Amateurish but warm movie more about people than turtles.

Movie PG 2015 86 minutes
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This hybrid drama/nature film is a well-intentioned experiment that simply doesn't work due to a bad script, too many characters, and amateurish acting. It's hard to keep track of all the characters (even when some of them are talking turtles) and their various dramas, and the tone swings wildly from poop-smearing hijinx to characters sobbing wildly after a tragedy, then to CGI turtle-mouths cracking wise. And speaking of poop, young viewers might enjoy how often the word "poop" is uttered but it's not done creatively enough to make all the poop "jokes" worth it. The other comedy also falls flat, with this standard level of depth: "You're not such a bad guy...I mean, turtle." That said, it's a pleasure to watch Calvin transport an owl through the park during a musical montage, and all the footage of the animals is simply gorgeous.

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