Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Animated tale about boy-crazy girls has unexpected frights.
  • G
  • 2015
  • 69 minutes

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age 10+
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Positive Messages

Helping others; friendship; honesty; patience in relationships.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Valentina and friends are supportive and caring and keep each other's confidences.


A boy is knocked unconscious and put in a dummy suit, then tied up at the top of a bonfire, which is lit on fire, but he's rescued. Someone kicks a dog, knocking it unconscious, but it's unharmed. Mild suspense and fright when a dummy comes to life, haunting the boys and girls. A man's shadow is shown sneaking around a house with a knife; turns out to be a prank. A girl is chased by a dummy in a nightmare.


Girl dreams of first kiss with a boy; grandma tells story of her first kiss and first love; girls watch movie where man and woman kiss passionately; a girl tells a group of girls how to hold your mouth and keep your eyes closed to kiss. Girls greet each other with kisses on the cheek. A boy tries to kiss a girl; she stops him.

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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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Adult Written byMomofBoyandGirl November 14, 2018

Very traditional gender roles

I was very bothered by the traditional gender roles presented. When I say "too much sex" it isn't actually sexual acts that are presented, but th... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Valentina and her friends are planning a spring festival and also are eager to fall in love and have their first kiss. But soon a dummy that comes to life starts disrupting their plans to celebrate the new season.

Is it any good?

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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