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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Valentina is an animated Spanish film in English about a boys-obsessed group of friends who spend a lot of time discussing kissing boys and finding true love, with some attempted kisses. It's difficult to pinpoint the age group of the teenage girls and boys here, whose parents are never shown and who sneak out at night to investigate a mystery without incident. There's some unexpected suspense and fright, such as when a boy kicks a dog in one scene and another when a boy is tied to the top of a bonfire (both escape unharmed). Best for older kids.
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Likely because it's a Spanish-made film dubbed in English, something is lost in translation with VALENTINA. Most of the film involves a gaggle of girls discussing various crushes and their desire to fall in love and experience their first kiss. Then, suddenly and inexplicably, a creepy dummy comes to life and begins haunting their bonfire because it's jealous. The result is part Bratz, part Scooby-Doo, with some unexpected frights that are too sudden and scary for younger kids. Families of tweens may feel uncomfortable with all the boy-craziness and want to have a discussion about crushes and first kisses.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Valentina's oddities. What do you think makes the film seem a little offbeat? Has something been lost in translation?
What age do you think Valentina and her friends are? How can you tell?
The story of the dummy at the bonfire is a folk tale. Which folk tales have you heard growing up?
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