A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this movie contains mildly scary moments in which a vague, smoky darkness threatens the main characters and causes small fires. The loss of two parents (which happened before the main action of the movie takes place) causes some sadness. A couple of characters display vapid, Valley girl-type behavior.
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What's the story?
Based on the book series by the same name, TWITCHES is about twin girls who are separated at birth and adopted. On their 21st birthday, the girls, Alex (Tia Mowry) and Camryn (Tamera Mowry), run into each other and realize that not only are they twins, but they're also princesses from another dimension, called Coventry. But that's not all. They have magic powers, which they'll need to practice in order to save Coventry from the evil clutches of something called "the darkness."
Is it any good?
The Mowry sisters, twins in real life and former stars of the Disney Channel show Sister, Sister, seem to be enjoying themselves, and it's fun to watch them discover that they're sisters. They seem very comfortable working together, and each allows the other to have the limelight at the right moments.
Twitches is tailor-made for the tween and teen age groups, though younger kids may also enjoy it. This is a Disney made-for-TV movie, so nothing heavy or particularly iffy happens, though there are sad moments as the girls each come to terms with the parents they've lost. The scary moments might be a bit much for little kids, but the frequent references to shopping might be what put parents on alert. Why do movies so frequently paint young girls (and women in general) as shopaholics?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it would be like to find a long-lost twin or sibling. Do you think your personalities would be similar even if you weren't raised together? Families can also talk about what they would do if they suddenly found out they had magic powers. Would you use your powers to help other people or to help yourself -- or both? Do you think they would make you braver, like Harry Potter?
- In theaters: September 5, 2006
- On DVD or streaming: September 5, 2006
- Cast: Kristen Wilson, Tamera Mowry, Tia Mowry
- Director: Stuart Gillard
- Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
- Genre: Fantasy
- Run time: 86 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- MPAA explanation: scary images.
- Last updated: September 21, 2019
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