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Vacation with Derek

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Sweet movie celebrates kids' ties in a blended family.

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Vacation with Derek is a comedy with a lot of heart. Its family-centered themes are the biggest stand-outs, sending heartwarming messages about the transcending nature of love and unity in a blended family like the McDonald-Venturi household. Derek’s behavior is enough to make his family want to disown him at times, but when it really counts, he can champion a cause -- or a family member -- like no other.

Look a little deeper, though, and you’ll notice the story also includes positive notes about finding your life’s passion, following your heart, and standing up for what you believe is right. Romantic relationships are portrayed in a positive, responsible light, and there’s no iffy content to speak of throughout the story. If that’s not enough, there’s also the underlying environmental crisis surrounding Felicia’s land, which can instigate family discussions about related conservation issues in the real world.

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