What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jinxed is a family-friendly movie with pleasant comedy and some very likable themes about self-esteem and tolerating differences. Meg's attempts to undo a family curse has surprising effects on her and those around her, and she's forced to choose between what is right and what is easy. These messages are easy to relate to situations unique to your own kids' experiences, so there will be plenty to talk about after the movie's end. A budding romance yields some flirting and a kiss, and an antagonistic relationship warms once both parties take time to understand each other better. A supportive family unit that weathers ups and downs rounds out this enjoyable movie.
What's the story?
In JINXED, Meg Murphy (Ciara Bravo) is a girl on a mission to reverse a century-old curse that's wreaked havoc on every member of the Murphy family tree. Freak accidents, clumsy spills, embarrassing mishaps at school –- Murphy's Law makes these everyday occurrences for Meg, her parents, and her siblings. Weary of replacing her things and abandoning ship when one disaster or another befalls their home (it's happened a handful of times this year alone) and hoping a chaos-free life will clear the way for a relationship with a cute new guy named Brett (Jack Griffo), Meg sets out to learn the secret behind the curse and its undoing.
Is it any good?
Jinxed puts a whole new spin on the much-maligned reality of Murphy's Law in this altogether enjoyable TV movie. Fans who have watched Bravo grow up on-screen in Big Time Rush and Swindle will love her in the role of "Hurricane Meg," so dubbed by a classmate tired of the mayhem she always manages to cause. Although the persistent bad luck breeds hilarious predicaments for everyone –- including Meg's grandfather, who takes shelter in a protective bubble -– it's Meg's attempts to control these explosive scenarios that provide the real laughs.
While kids likely (or, rather, hopefully) can't relate to Meg's particular brand of misfortune, Jinxed does a good job of bringing focus to its broader themes that remind viewers that everyone struggles with qualities about themselves they wish they could change. What Meg learns from attempting to change those qualities encourages kids to accept their own uniqueness as well.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the idea of a curse. Kids: Have you ever felt like you have extraordinarily bad luck? How did it affect you in a negative way? When bad things happen, can you put a positive spin on them?
Kids: What are your favorite qualities about yourself? What kinds of activities are you especially good at? Where do you struggle? Why is it difficult to cope with feeling different?
Did you recognize the cast members of this movie from other shows? Are you more inclined to tune in for a movie or TV show when you know some of the players ahead of time?