The Boathouse Detectives

2010 NR 1h 25m DVD

The Boathouse Detectives

2010 NR 1h 25m DVD
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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.
Ella Harris, Mason Johnson, Oscar Hoggan, Cameron Phelts, McKenzie Richards, Stacee Riekhoff, Darren Ewing
Eric Hendershot
Widescreen 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
age 7+

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 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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