Roxy Hunter and the Horrific Halloween

 
Young Sherlock is refreshing model for tweens.

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Positive messages

Roxy is impulsive and quick to judge, and she sometimes breaks her mother's -- and society's -- rules (breaking into private property and sneaking out when she's grounded, for instance). But she's also imaginative, self-reliant, and determined to see that wrongdoers are brought to justice.

Violence & scariness

No active violence, but lots of Halloween fright and costume gore. A haunted house scene shows a teen's head on a serving platter, a man hanging from a noose, a girl's face made to look bloodied, and zombies emerging from a cemetery to chase a man. For most of the story, Roxy believes that a man is a vampire, so certain characteristics of his (drinking soup that resembles blood, having red-stained hands, etc.) are implied to mean that he's been killing people and drinking their blood.

Sexy stuff

An unmarried adult couple briefly discusses moving in together, which eventually leads to a marriage proposal.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this fourth installment in the Roxy Hunter series offers tween fans more of the same adventure, suspense, and mostly worry-free fun they've come to expect. Roxy still breaks the rules at times (breaking into private property, for instance), but her actions are rooted in her passion for justice. Tween fans -- especially girls -- probably won't confuse Roxy's highly fantasized lifestyle with the realities of their own, and they may even find inspiration in her resourcefulness, self-motivation, and dedication. Roxy's escapades are so much fun that parents may want to tune in as well, but wait until the littlest kids are in bed since some of the Halloween fun (haunted house scenes of bloody faces and walking zombies, etc.) may be too scary.

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What's the story?

It's the season of spooks in Seneca Falls, and young gumshoe Roxy Hunter (Aria Wallace) has stumbled onto yet another mystery in need of her expertise. After a rocky start, Roxy and her new classmate, Stefan (Connor Price), have become fast friends, but her detective senses tell her that he's hiding something about his family. When she learns they hail from Transylvania, the puzzle pieces fall into place, and she sets out to prove they're vampires ... but it turns out the truth is even more unnerving. In true Roxy style -- and with the help of her mom (Robin Brule) and her friends -- she sets out to unmask the villain and help Stefan live happily ever after.

Is it any good?

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Roxy fans have reason to cheer this fourth installment in the series of movies based on books by Tracey West. ROXY HUNTER AND THE HORRIFIC HALLOWEEN proves that this spirited young detective just gets better with age. While she's still guilty of breaking the rules when she feels it's justified and she often lets her sense of drama steer her actions, Roxy does show a willingness to take responsibility for her actions, and she's devoted to righting injustice. Parents may take issue with the fact that she still takes serious matters into her own hands too readily, but her tween fans probably won't confuse her obviously fictitious lifestyle with their own.

Ultimately Roxy offers tween girls a role model whose minor character flaws are overshadowed by her self-confidence, resourcefulness, and devotion to a good cause. She's unaffected by boys, unfazed by bullies, and ever ready to stand up to injustice. Parents will also like the fact that there's nothing commercial about the character or the movies -- a refreshing commodity among the heavily marketed tween set.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the media portrays tweens. Do you find Roxy's character believable? Why or why not? Can you relate to her lifestyle and family circumstances? How do you feel about her willingness to take matters into her own hands to solve a mystery? Do any of her actions seem realistic? How does her character compare to other tweens you've seen on TV?

TV details

Cast:Aria Wallace, Demetrius Joyette, Robin Brule
Network:The N
Genre:Drama
TV rating:NR

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Educator and Parent of a 9 year old Written byRunesong October 13, 2011
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Another great choice for tweens.

Another great choice for tweens & a wonderful alternative to typical girl stereotypes! This determined detective has spirit, intelligence, & the ability to learn from her mistakes.
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