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FAMILY MOVIE DETAILS
I’d never heard of this movie, Crimes and Mister Meanors. It was not originally a book and I stumbled upon it accidentally.
movie: Crimes and Mister Meanors
cast: Logan Burton, Cassady McClincy, Allen O’Reilly, Alpha Trivette
runtime: 92 minutes
rating: not rated
rating explanation: General Audience
FAMILY MOVIE DISCUSSION
The following is a loose movie guide of the film’s topics that may cause discussion with your people. I try to watch and listen closely, but the only way to guarantee that this movie is suitable for your family is to preview it yourself.
violence: While it is mild, I wanted to inform you of a few scenes in case you are considering whether to let young kids watch.
There are men with machine guns. The bad guys chase the teens, handcuff them, and the kids think they will be killed. The teens are held against their will in an abandoned building and babysat by an intimidating bodyguard.
Both kids are held at gunpoint and several people have a gun pointed at them. The boy is shot at by a bad guy as he runs away. The bad guy threatens to shoot the teen girl.
Teen boy is slapped once in the face by the villain (villain does nothing else except talk of evil plans).
There is a scene where the teen girl cries (about betrayal) and begs the bad guys to let them go and not leave them locked up in seclusion.
positive messages: Family doesn’t give up on each other. It’s always the right time to do the right thing. The constitution has a place in the past AND in modern day America.
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GOOD, BAD, OR IN-BETWEEN
I felt like the movie got off to a really slow start. My daughter disagrees with me and says that it never felt slow to her. We see how the main character is basically shipped off to his uncle’s house in Washington D.C. for the summer while his sister goes to camp and his parents travel out of the country. I guess it moved slow to me because I knew there was action coming and it took a bit for the story to get intense.
The story line is very interesting though as we see thirteen-year old Jake attempt to help out his washed-up uncle (job-wise). Jake sees an opportunity to use some of his sleuthing talents (along with friend Kat) to solve a missing persons case. Little do the teens know that they are stepping into political scandal and conspiracy against the country and the presidency. Yeah, pretty serious stuff! They prove that certain decisions can change the course of history.
All in all it was a great family adventure that my daughter and I enjoyed. We’ve watched a lot of mysteries and crime shows and Princess was especially impressed! She loves mystery and detective life and I love our country’s presidential history so it was a win-win. We both stayed engaged throughout and on the edge of our seat for the whole last half. It was SO nice to watch an action-packed movie without bad language and inappropriate scenes!!!
As an FYI, this Crimes and Mister Meanors was awarded a Dove Faith Friendly Seal for all ages. They don’t give those out lightly, my friends!
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