The Boathouse Detectives
This sweet family comedy follows the adventures of four pint-sized detectives determined to find young Anna, who uses a helium balloon to send a note begging for help after she learns that her greedy stepmother is trying to steal her inheritance. The intrepid band of do-gooders uses their floating clubhouse as a base of operations while they employ their unique skills to the task of learning Anna's location and reuniting her with her grandmother.
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- Eric Hendershot
NRGeneral Audience. Most parents would find this program suitable for all ages.
Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this sweet movie where kids get to play the sleuths to save a girl from living with her mean stepmother is a perfect tween slumber party movie. Violence is limited to stereotyped meanie adults getting pelted with paint balls and a girl getting her dog taken from her. Diverse kids use their various talents (and numerous cell phone minutes) to solve their case.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable.
- Two characters have deceased parents, though there are no details. Anna is taken from her grandmother forcibly in a dream and her step-mom gives her dog to a mean dog catcher. The dog catcher makes a throat-slitting motion to tell a boy what will happen to his dog if he's caught without a leash. Kids are chased by adults through a house while mildly threatened and the adults are pelted with paint balls.
- The dog catcher is always yelling "shut up!" to the dogs.
- Social Behavior
- Ingenuity and perseverance are big here. Kids combine various talents -- brains, paintball skills, powers of persuasion -- to solve a case.
- Kids are constantly on their cell phones but no brands are visible.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Not applicable
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it