Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this movie, based on the classic children's book by Arthur S. Maxwell, was a project for the School of Visual Art and Design at Southern Adventist University. As such, it's a good choice for families who seek out Christian films specifically. Families who don't may find it a little message-heavy, but may enjoy the mild spook-factor; there's lots of scary music and cloaked figures running around in a small Irish fishing village. Roy, the young American boy at the film's center, is dumped there by his father to stay with his uncle while his parents file for divorce; he broods about this but comes through with a thoughtful and mature perspective.
One tiny kiss.
Plenty of scary music and cloaked figures running in shadows and getting chased, but never any real peril. Roy arrives in town as a coffin falls off a horse-drawn cart and attends a funeral. Most in the town think a ghost or angel is at work when mysterious things happen. Roy falls from a boat and almost drowns.
Here are some of the biggies: Do good for its own sake; we are at our strongest when we realize we need to ask for help; and the world is larger than our own problems, and making a positive impact on others can make our problems seem smaller.
Roy is always listening to his iPod until he soaks it in the ocean.
Drugs / Tobacco /