Spy School

2008 PG 1h 26m DVD

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Spy School

2008 PG 1h 26m DVD
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Thomas Miller has a reputation for lying. So when he catches wind of a plot to kidnap the president's daughter, he tells anyone who will listen -- but nobody's willing to believe him, except his best friend, Jackie.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
  • Forrest Landis
  • AnnaSophia Robb
  • Rider Strong
  • Roger Bart
  • Lea Thompson
  • D.L. Hughley
  • Brian Posehn
  • Melanie Abramoff
  • Ezra Buzzington
  • Timmy Deters
  • Andrew Hoeft
  • Shawn Prince
  • Suzy Nakamura
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Reviews

age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Spy School is essentially a movie-length extrapolation of the expression, "Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive." The lead character, Thomas, is a mischievous liar, but eventually he learns a valuable lesson in truth telling. The movie also shows how and why it's better to value the friends who actually like you over classmates who are merely perceived as being "popular." There's some cartoonish violence, but, more troubling, there's also some bullying, including a scene in which a bully slams a door into the main character's arm, knocking him to the ground and leaving him with what he thinks is a broken arm. Parents should also know that despite the movie's title, this movie is not set in a spy school; the change from an earlier title (Doubting Thomas) seems like an attempt to lump this in with more successful movies like Spy Kids.

Sexual Content

Some tween kissy-kissy flirtation.

Violence

Mostly cartoonish violence and pratfalls. Some bullying; a bully slams a metal door into the arm of the lead character, knocking him to the floor and making it seem that his arm is broken. A boy opens a metal case to find a gun inside. While crawling inside a ventilation shaft, two kids narrowly escape a gas fire that erupts behind them.

Language

Some name-calling from bullies along the order of "loser" and "jerk."

Social Behavior

In its own way, this movie shows the consequences for a boy who is constantly making up elaborate stories to try and get out of trouble. The movie also discusses how the kind of person you are inside is more important than what you do for a living.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

An adult character smokes a cigar.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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