Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this movie's live-action style makes all of the content more realistic than kids will be used to from the cartoons, so the multiple monster scenes and frequent perilous situations ensure it's not for the very young. What's more, the relationships developing among the characters prompt some discussions about dating that are more suitable for teens than kids, though the movie's overall silliness makes it a hard sell for these older viewers. That said, those aficionados who can take this latest addition to the Scooby franchise will enjoy the actors' efforts to bring these characters to life almost as much as they'll like the humorous references to the original cartoons themselves.
A subplot explores developing love interests between Fred and Daphne, and Shaggy and Velma. Each relationship is mostly innocent -- and punctuated with one kiss apiece -- but problems arise when Fred wants to "play the field" and Daphne's ready for something more serious. Both parties are shown flirting with other teens, which sparks jealousy in the one left out. In one scene, the characters sing a song about wanting to "spoon." In another, Fred walks around shirtless.
Violent content is limited to a brief fistfight and some slapstick-style bumps and falls. However, the characters' perilous situations make for some scary moments. A slobbering lake monster is shown growling into the camera multiple times, and multiple occasions find him in pursuit of -- and sometimes nabbing -- Scooby and his friends. There's mention of a witch being burned at the stake, a character is possessed by an evil spirit, and in one scene, Fred and Daphne are locked in a boat that's being sunk in an apparent attempt on their lives.
The mystery gang is a model of teamwork, and every member plays the hero role at some point during the movie. Some potty humor, including a scene of Scooby preparing to lift his leg on a dresser in his room, and one of the lake monster vomiting the slimy contents of his stomach.
The movie is part of a huge franchise that includes multiple animated series and a host of other movies (both animated and live action), as well as nearly every conceivable toy, game, and accessory. The story concludes with the mystery gang renaming themselves "Mystery Incorporated," which is also the name of the most recent installment in the Scooby cartoons.
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