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Parents' Guide to

Under Wraps (1997)

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Disney monster adventure has violence, scary scenes.

Movie G 1997 95 minutes
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For a film that is presumably aimed at kids, this 1997 Disney Channel Original has a bold opening. Under Wraps starts with a monster smashing through a window, grabbing a parent, and holding their head to a flailing blade. Bold indeed, but maybe not wise. The scene's revealed to be a movie that young friends Marshall and Gilbert are watching in the cinema. It's authentically shot, so only kids with experience of horror movies will be comfortable. Scared, Gilbert leaves, but Marshall's having a great time. So it sets up the characters well, but the movie less so. What follows this hard-edge start is a silly comedy adventure with a bumbling mummy, which plays to a much younger audience than the opening is suitable for.

Under Wraps is at its best when it's imitating E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial's kids-on-bikes youthful adventure feel. Spielberg's classic even gets name checked by Marshall. But families are advised to seek out photos of Harold the mummy before hitting play. The character is certainly unsettling and won't be for everyone. If the visuals and strong horror theme are suitable for your kid, then there's some fun to be had here. Otherwise leave the sarcophagus lid closed.

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