A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some discussion about Egyptian history and the mummification process. Main character Amy says she wants to be an investigative reporter, so she's always finding out things. The kids in this show strive to be smart.
Face your fears. There is a world to explore out there -- don't let your fears get in your way. Let your friends help you. Keep an open mind. Make new friends. Be yourself. Don't let bullies get in the way. Own who you are. Be willing to take risks. Do what you need to do to get educated and reach your goals. Respect differences. Love knows no bounds.
Positive Role Models
The adults in this show are understanding, available, and kind (with the exception of the creepy neighbor who stole a mummy). Divorced parents forge new relationships, but allow for kids to have opinions and take their time getting to know new adults in the house.
Diverse cast not only represents different races and ethnicities, but a main character has two dads. Racial differences are embraced, girls and women have leadership roles, and people look like everyday people, not cookie-cutter stereotypes.
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Violence & Scariness
Initial scares include a mummy that comes to life and chasea kids, who are scared of his mummy bandages and his frightening mummy face. But once it's understood that he's friendly, his looks are played for comic effect.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Under Wraps is a remake of a 1997 film of the same name. There are initial scares and spooky scenes, but nothing violent or gory. There is a class bully, but the new girl stands up to him and puts him in his place. Kids face peril, chases, and threats from thugs carrying clubs. Some creepy faces might scare sensitive viewers, but nothing too frightening for most elementary and middle school kids.
Is It Any Good?
Entertaining, a little spooky, and goofy enough to make it fun, this remake of a 1997 movie has seen some upgrades. This version of Under Wraps features a refreshingly diverse cast. The lead character Marshall's divorced mom has started dating again, and he's trying to cope with the change. Amy, another main character, is new in town, having moved with her dad and his new husband. Gilbert, their friend, is facing his fears and has to "nope out" (leave) when he gets too frightened at a movie. These differences add richness to the show.
Harold the mummy (Phil Wright) puts in a physically accomplished performance, which is sure to make kids laugh. A good option for families who have different tolerances for spooky stuff, this show offers the added bonus of a more representative cast and some fun slapstick scenes.
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