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Mostly Ghostly (2008)
A Sweet and Not Too Scary Kids Movie
The story centers around Max Doyle, an average 12 year old boy. He is not at all into sports and is often teased by his brother and father. Despite his kindness, good looks, intelligence and strong talent, he appears to have no friends. Poor kid. His own family seems to not even care about him that much. He has a strong passion for magic tricks, which gets him involved with real magic when he meets an evil ghost. At school Max is badly bullied. He is beaten up every day by a kid named Billy, who is by far my favorite character. Despite his cruelty towards Max, it is fun to watch one of the most cliche movie bullies torment the small kid, when that bully is played by Travis T. Flory, reprising the same role he played in everybody hates Chris. It's too bad he wasn't seen enough in the movie. When Max discovers two ghosts living in his house, he offers to help them defeat the evil ghost. The older ghost Nicki (Luke Benward) is not friendly toward Max and blackmails into helping. He plays constant pranks on Max and his family, but eventually comes through for Max and beats up Billy. Max gets sidetracked when he sees a girl at school, but still manages to defeat the ghost during the talent show. I'm not sure what the lesson is or how certain characters changed in this movie, but it has great acting and good comedy.
Family Sins (1987)
I've only watched half the movie and I already want the father to die the most horrible death ever.
Though I haven't finished the movie, and I don't know if I can even sit trough the rest of it, I already feel the need to talk about it. I don't mean to offend anyone or disrespect their opinions, but I am greatly shocked by one of these reviews. I don't mean to single you out, xfile1971, but I think who greatly misinterpreted this movie. I understand your review is from 14 years ago and your opinions might have changed.
At first, Bryan seems like an innocent child. All he wants is to feel loved. He certainly doesn't get that from his father. At the very beginning of the movie, Bryan's dad is forcing him to play baseball, when he clearly hates it. He constantly praises his other son Keith and never says one good word about Bryan. During the came, Bryan is humiliated and injured. His father mostly cares about him losing the game. Bryan is upset because he feels he disappointed his father, which he did. Bryan's mother tells his father to talk to him and let him know he's not disappointed in Bryan. He does exactly the opposite. Bryan's father makes Bryan feel worse about loosing and shows no concern for his minor injury. He refuses to let Bryan quit, even though he didn't want to join the team in the first place. These actions may not be considered abusive, but Bryan's father is beyond horrible. He favors one kid over the other because he is more like him. He knows his son is depressed, yet he shows no concern. He does not seem to care at all about Bryan's well-being. All he cares about is himself. I didn't think he could get much worse from here. I couldn't be more wrong.
Within the first half of the movie, Bryan's father physically abuses him twice and yells at him over minor things. He doesn't once take responsibility for his actions. Bryan's mother is not much better. She actually cares about Bryan, just not enough to do anything. Bryan is very depressed and bullied at school. I don't think that is a secret to his parents. Bryan's mother only stands up to her husband after the second time he hits Bryan. If she truly cared about Bryan, she would have called child-protective services and maybe even run away with both her kids. Neither of the parents even considers therapy.
When a child is so depressed he won't talk to either of his parents, that is already cause enough for therapy. Not because there is anything wrong with the child. Because the child will only continue to suffer until they deal with their problems in a healthy way. I know this because I am in therapy. There's nothing wrong with me. I just have depression because throughout my life people have made me feel bad about myself. I find Bryan very relatable. Of course, I've never taken my anger out on an innocent being. That's because my parents actually care about me and I was able to get help. Bryan was never so lucky.
It is clear that Bryan is a good kid. His teacher really cares for him and trusts him with his rabbit. He even says Bryan is his best student. Bryan is in no way spoiled. I've dealt with spoiled kids. They show no respect for adults who go out of their way to help them, have no regard for the rules, and will do whatever they want just for the thrill. Bryan is nothing like that. He doesn't enjoy any of his wrongful actions and for the most part he follows the rules. All he wants is to be loved. He clearly isn't perfect. He takes a rabbit home when he knows his father won't allow it and attempts to hide it. He does this however, because he loves the rabbit. He clearly had no intention of killing it. His father told him to "get rid of it" and he had no other place to bring it. He knew his father would get mad and probably hit him again if he brought it home, so what choice did he have? It makes even less sense why the father got angry. He didn't care about the rabbit. If anything, he should be more concerned that his son killed a living thing that he loved. Bryan later tries to run away because he is unhappy at home. Who could blame him? His father even tells him to leave, which is another form of abuse. He claims he's tried everything with Bryan. All we've seen him do is yell, hit, and ignore Bryan. He didn't even try to do what his wife suggested.
Bryan only lies and breaks the rules because he is terrified of his father. No kid should feel unsafe in their own home. His mother did not support everything he did. She also got mad when he killed the rabbit. She just understood that Bryan wasn't in his rightful mind when he did it.
I agree with one thing that xfile1971 said. Ignoring serious family issues may bring about some horrible ends. This I blame both the parents for. Honestly, they should both be arrested. Not just for abusing their son, which by the way, as I mentioned earlier, the father hit Bryan twice in the first half of the movie. Their neglect and abuse of one kid led to the other kid's death. I'm not saying Bryan is not to blame at all for this. He needs to be sent to a mental institution and seek serious help. There is still a chance for him to be fixed. What Bryan can will never get passed is the fact that he killed his brother. I feel the worst for Bryan in this outcome because even if he gets help, he'll never be able to live with himself. He clearly has a conscience and was even shown to care about Keith at some point.
I would also like to speak for Keith. How did he get involved in all of this. I can't recall him doing anything wrong, yet he is the target of his brother's anger. Keith is described as spoiled, but I don't see that all. He is treated differently, but that is to no fault of his own. I would even consider that a form of abuse from his father. Keith infact seems to care for his brother more than his parents. He tries to protect him from bullies, shows concern to his injury, offers him emotional support, and even tries to help him hide the rabbit. Keith always tries to do the right thing, even when it might get him in trouble. In return, Bryan physically abuses him and eventually kills him. poor Keith. Sure he could be annoying at times, but what siblings aren't? He sometimes unintentionally made his brother feel bad, as opposed to the father, whose actions were very intentional. He tried talking to his brother when he wanted to be left alone, but how would he know this? He's 9. He tells on Bryan for throwing a ball at him. Can Bryan really blame him for that? He threatens to tell his parents about Bryan's behavior, only because he is concerned about Bryan. He tells his father about the rabbit only because he is more terrified of his father than Bryan. Honestly, Keith is almost a saint.
In conclusion, nobody is perfect. Everyone in this family made some mistakes. But the father is by no doubt one of the most horrible people ever and deserves to die. I don't know how much of this story is real, but I really hope Bryan has gotten the help he needs and his father is serving a life sentence.
The Dirt Bike Kid (1985)
A good movie for kids with a questionable message
Jack (Pete Billingsley) buys a magic dirt bike that becomes his new best friend. He uses the bike to save a hot dog stand from a greedy banker. He stands up to bullies and criminals who try to take his bike. Then he lets another kid take his bike.
Now let's look at this from an adult perspective. Jack's mother needs him buy groceries when they can barely afford to eat. He blows off the money on a dirt bike that some guy says is magic. His mother makes him sell the bike, but it keeps coming back to him, which he decides to keep, even though it doesn't belong to him anymore. When a local banker can no longer fund a hot dog stand because he needs to make a profit, Jack will do what ever he can to save it. This kid has no regard for the rules and no respect for authority. He breaks into meetings where he is not welcome and illegally saves the hot dog stand. He is now the hero because the banker is clearly the villain for trying to make money. Jack suffers no consequences for his actions.
It was a good movie. How can anyone not love Pete Billingsley. Jack is a good kid. He cares about other people and is not afraid to stand up for what is right. I admire him for being an activist. What I don't like is how one-sided this movie is. Was the banker the clear villain? Sure, he probably had a lot of money and was going to tear down a place that meant a lot to many people, so he could make more money. But people in business do that all the time. Does that mean they're all evil? Jack wanted to stand up for those who didn't have much of a voice, but took know consideration to the other side. Could he have still fought for what was right without breaking all of the rules? I think that would have sent a stronger message.
I Declare War (2012)
Great Acting But a Really Confusing Premise
I thought the acting in this movie was really good. I loved all the children. But what is this movie about?
Is this movie just about a game or what an actual war would look like if it was fought by children? Are we supposed to take everything that happened literally or is it all a metaphor? If the first is true, this movie is very messed up and should come with a warning before people watch it.
In the opening scene, Kenney throws a paint balloon at the fat kid, killing him in the game. He then asks who else is still alive on his team and attempts to beat him up for not telling him. He is then stopped by his team captain PK. At this point I thought Kenney was just a big bully and that the movie would pick up soon. It turns out he is one of the most sane characters. He is later abused even worse by the other team and PK is reluctant to do anything about it. We are supposed to believe that this is the good team and PK is a kind and honorable soldier who follows the rules, is kind to his teammates, and will do anything to protect his friend. (He is only 12)
Early on in the movie Skinner declares tyranny over the former team captain simply because Skinner is a psychopath, yet no one seems to object. Skinner then kidnaps Paul, PK's best friend. He then tortures him and I'm pretty sure he tries to murder him. (This is just a game right?) Skinner blames Paul for all the bad things that have happened to him. Paul has no idea what happened and for some reason Skinner won't tell him. Paul escapes and goes back to his team. PK tells him to go back to his prison, which Paul does for the team, but mostly out of loyalty to PK. Paul returns to prison and Skinner tortures him some more. There a bunch of other subplots, but none of them are that interesting. In the last 10 minutes of the movie PK shows up. Skinner reveals that he and PK were best friends before Paul moved to town.
Why does he wait till now to tell Paul? What does he hope to get out of torturing Paul for something he didn't know he did? It is also unclear how long Paul has been in town and why this has never come up before. Skinner offers to be friends with both PK and Paul, which Paul does not seem to object to. What was the point of kidnapping and torturing Paul if Skinner was willing to be friends with both of them? It seems Paul had nothing to do with ending their friendship. PK stopped being friends with Skinner because he's a psychopath, and who could blame him? Sadly, PK shows to not be much better.
Though PK has technically already won the war, Skinner declares himself the winner. He agrees to give up his claim if PK cuts Paul with a knife. PK has two choices: Keep his honor, accept Skinner's pointless self-declared victory, prove to be a great best friend, prove to be a great leader, and stand up to a psychotic bully. His other choice is to betray and physically harm his best friend, show his weakness in leadership, achieve the victory he already had, and show that he will give in to Skinner's bullying. PK ignores the obvious right choice and attempts to cut Paul. While watching this I was sure this was all a trick. He was going to beat Skinner the right way and show his loyalty to his friend. I was wrong. PK claims it was an accident, but we all saw him hold the knife to Paul's neck and attempt to cut him. PK cares more about victory than his best friend. They stop being friends. Paul, the only nice and rational kid in this movie, fights in a war he doesn't understand for the sake of his best friend and then has his neck cut by that friend.
The central conflict of this movie was interesting and I wish it could have been revealed more than 10 minutes before the end. I wish they could have given us some resolutions?
I know this movie is about 12 year olds, but 5 year olds should have a better sense of logic. I'd expect children who play in the woods with dangerous weapons and have no adult supervision to be more mature than 5 year olds. As far as we know, there is no prize for winning other than satisfaction. Apparently that's worth losing all your friends, physically harming and possibly killing other children, and putting your own life in danger; even if the victory is not legitimate. Even by 12-year-old logic, how can you blackmail someone into being your friend. If you have any idea of what friends are, you know that this defeats the entire purpose of having them.
I'd like to hear what other people think. Feel free to agree or disagree with my comments.
A Tiger's Tail (2014)
An Adorable and Hilariously Stupid Movie
If you are interested in movies with sensible plots and realistic characters, this movie is not for you. If you are interested in movies with adorable children, even cuter animals, and comedy from pure stupidity, this movie will be great for you. It starts with Billy and his friend Kobi at the zoo, where they run into Doreen, the girl Billy likes. Doreen is very interested in tigers and Billy decides he wants a baby tiger. Then the two least intimidating two-dimensional "bullies" show up just to torment Billy and Kobi, who cannot defend themselves because they are for some reason scared of the two foot bully and his slightly taller idiot partner. Sounds much more scary than having a tiger live in your room. The bullies throw Billy's backpack into the tiger exhibit. The zookeeper goes into get it, but for some reason does not close the gate all the way. I guess worse case scenario everyone gets eaten and the zoo is shut down. On the way home Billy talks to his parents about wanting a baby tiger, only to discover one in his backpack when he gets home. He tells his parents, who don't believe him and don't even bother to check. Billy hides the tiger in his room, worried that he might get arrested for the tiger who accidentally ended up in his backpack due to the zookeepers inability to close the gate. He is not at all worried about sharing a room with a tiger, when he already has a dog, and even baby tigers may scratch or bite if they're scared. Sadly, Billy is the smartest character. The dog and tiger seem to get along fine, until the tiger destroys the house and Billy let's the dog take the fall. Again, why doesn't he tell his parents the truth? He can't get in trouble because he already told hos parents about the tiger. Billy shows the tiger to Kobi and makes him promise not to tell. He almost immediately tells the bullies in front of all the popular kids. Doreen hangs out with the mean girls, even though she's super nice. The bullies threaten to beat up Billy and Kobi if they don't show them the tiger, and what can be scarier than getting beat up by a 2 foot tall boy? The bullies try to steal the tiger, but end up being scared, and the tiger is revealed to Billy's parents. Billy returns the tiger and everyone acts like nothing happens, when the zoo should be offering Billy a large sum not to sue them. The plot of this movie is so senseless that it's hilarious. I recommend it to people who like those kind of movies.
Aliens Ate My Homework (2018)
Great For A Kids Movie
I thought the acting from the children was great. I especially like Ty Consiglio as the school bully/super villain. The plot was a bit iffy.
The movie starts with Rod and his friend Mickey trying to escape the school without encountering bully Billy. They are unsuccessful and Billy squishes a bug and rubs it in Rod's hair. Billy appears to be dumb and unintimidating. Yet Rod takes it from him and doesn't stand up for himself. He comes home and finds out his annoying cousin is staying with him. He then discovers a tiny spaceship with tiny aliens who make Rod's life miserable and threaten to kill him if he tells anyone about them. Rod breaks this rule multiple times. Luckily no one believes him. The aliens finally help him stand up to Billy. Rod later discovers that Billy is the evil alien that is trying to destroy the world. (Not exactly a twist. The bully being the villain. A stupid 12 year old bully turns out to be a criminal mastermind who lives alone and is constantly plotting? Can the movie at least be consistent with its characters?) Though Rod was afraid to stand up to Billy before, now knowing he is a literal monster capable of destroying him, has no problem fighting back. The whole school sees this, while there is clearly abnormal activity, yet nobody questions it. The teachers don't even do anything about the two boys violently fighting in front of the entire school. Rod helps the aliens get back on their ship and hopes to see them again. Mickey still has no idea what is going on, even though Rod told him and played it off like a joke. Rod also never found out what happened to his father, though it was brought up several times. This totally sets the movie up for a sequel.
Important lesson to teach kids: Bullies are all one-dimensional people with no intention other than to be cruel. They may be aliens trying to destroy the world just to be cruel. I guess villains don't need a better motive.
How to Beat a Bully (2015)
Funny Movie with Confusing Message
Though I did find this movie fun and some of the characters lovable, this movie did not meet my expectations. The movie centers around Cory, a 12 year old boy who moves to a new town after his father loses his job. At his new school, Cory is bullied by his classmates, as new kids often are. They steal his lunch and squirt him with a water gun, but don't seem to cause any physical harm. Cory does not stand up for himself or tell his teacher. Instead he decides to scare the bullies with a lie that ends up almost killing his father. The bullies all become Cory's friends out of fear that his father will kill them. Cory would rather have friends who hang out with him because they are scared of him, then try to find people who like him for who he is. They all seem to like Cory after a while, as none of the bullies were actually mean people. They were just doing some new kid hazing or something. Eventually, some real mobsters take Cory's father. Cory reveals the truth to his friends, who are not at all mad at him for threatening their lives. They help him rescue his father, instead of calling the police. At the end of the movie everyone is safe, Cory has a lot of friends, and he does not suffer any consequences for his actions.
The title of this movie is misleading. A lot of it is not even about bullying, but about the dangers of lying. Cory also seems to bully the other kids way more than they bully him, even if it is in self-defense.
What lesson is this movie trying to teach us? It does not teach us to stand up for ourselves or ever go to adults for help. It doesn't teach us that bullying is wrong or any realistic way to deal with bullying. It basically makes bullying seem like a joke. The message appears to be that spreading rumors is an effective way to make friends and stop bullying and will not have any consequences. This is fine for a stupid kids movie, but nothing in this movie can be applied to real life.
The Rainbow Tribe (2008)
A Beautiful Movie for Kids and Adults
This is one of the most realistic camp movies. There are two basic stories.
A 40 year old man who recently had a heart attack decides to be a counselor at his old sleep-away camp to bring back his childhood memories. He is put in the cabin with the most difficult kids, who are all just misunderstood. "Chief" as he likes to be called, never gives up and is able to connect with all of the kids and by the end of the movie makes them all better people.
The other story revolves around Calvin, a ten year old boy who is always getting into trouble (played by Grayson Russell). At the beginning of the movie he is seen bullying his little brother and playing a trick on his bus driver. It his clear that he is undervalued by his parents and his school, which might be why he acts out. When he is forced to attend camp he learns to make friends and trust others and the harsh consequences of pulling pranks. He finally feels like someone understands him after he connects with Chief.
The other campers in the cabin include Ryan (fat kid with anger issues), Charles (spoiled rich kid), Boo (silent kid), Josh (nerd), and Sampson (the other kid). As someone who attended camp for many years, I can say that these are all realistic camp stereotypes.
My favorite character was Ryan (played by Noah Munck). His character seemed so real. At first he seems violent and angry at the world, but he turns out to be really sweet and forms a bromance with Charles, the rich kid.
It is amazing how many great child actors they could get for this movie.
Good, yet really confusing emotional movie
There were two things I was thinking throughout this movie. "Poor Joe" and " Why are Chris and Ted such dicks?".
The first story is about Chris, a privileged boy with a loving father who want to spend time with him. When they go hiking, he pushes his little brother onto the rocks for no reason. They get lost, then find their way home.
The second story is about Joe, a kind, yet depressed kid. He is unfairly accused of stealing gum at the store. He seems to have no adults in his life that he can trust other than the complete stranger who he goes home with. The man is supposed to be nice, but taking a little kid home with you is a felony. At school, Joe has a one-sided conflict with his "best friend" Ted. Ted seems to verbally and physically bully Joe by pinching him in his private parts. Joe fights back after he is provoked. They say it is just a game, but Joe clearly doesn't like it and Ted doesn't care. Ted continues to do it and gets Joe in trouble twice. For some reason Joe is blamed for this by the school and by Ted's mother. Ted doesn't even care that his "best friend" lost his brother or that his father left.
The final story is about Ted. His main conflict is that he and Joe aren't friends anymore and he thinks he is the victim. He can't understand how physically bullying someone, getting him in trouble twice, blaming him, calling him a very hurtful nickname, and not being there when he is depressed might end a friendship. I know these are ten year old boys and being mean is their way of communicating, but how are we supposed to believe that these boys are friends. Ted starts hanging out with Chris as his rebound friend, who is a jerk to Joe for some reason. He wasn't even part of the conflict. The three "friends" are brought together when they decide to hunt a mountain lion. They fight over the gun and Joe gets shot. Only then does Ted actually seem to care about Joe. At the end of the movie they become friends again, though it is unclear why. Ted never apologizes to Joe, even for nearly killing him.
The moral of this story, some friendships can be very harmful. PLEASE COMMENT BELOW. I WANT FEEDBACK. I don't think I fully interpreted this movie correctly. If I did, it deserves a much lower rating. What do you think?
A Beautiful and Funny Drama
I have little criticism for this movie. It's plot, theme, characters, and actors were amazing. This movie seems like it's going to be sad, but it actually has a better happy ending.
The main character is Billy, a really sweet 10 year old boy. Due to his father lying to him in the past, Billy thinks he's dying. (Some father. If I have to criticize anything in this movie, it would be him.) Billy has 2 friends, Lucas (who he deems a coward because he doesn't like to do anything dangerous) and Howard (his new Jamaican neighbor. After the boys discover a dead body, they want to honor him by getting in the book of world records for building the most snowmen. One huge obstacle is school bully Jason. He is bigger and older than the other kids because he was held back, as Billy loves to point out. Jason appears to be a very evil bully, who specifically targets Billy and his friends. He hangs out at Kill Hill with the other bullies. When the day comes to build the snowmen, Billy and his friends must take snow from Kill Hill, causing a war between them and the bullies, where many snowmen are destroyed. Lucas doesn't think this is a good idea, but does it for Billy, even though Billy has repeatedly called him a coward. (Another small bit of criticism). Lucas gets a berating from Jason. Jason is soon humiliated in front of the entire school and even Billy feels bad for him. After he learns he isn't dying, Billy runs away to where he found the dead body. His friends follow him. Jason shows up to continue his fight with Lucas. Billy begs Jason to fight him instead. He sincerely apologizes for everything he's done: making fun of him for being held back and destroying Kill Hill. It is then revealed that Jason's bullying may not be so one-sided. Jason was always jealous of Billy and his friends and felt like an outcast himself. While he believes in the sincerity of Billy's apology, he still wants to beat him up. Right when he's about to punch Billy, the ice breaks below Jason and he nearly falls in. Billy saves Jason's life then falls in himself. It is then that Jason realizes what a good person Billy is and tries unsuccessfully to save him. It is then that Billy dies (only temporarily). He later wakes up in the hospital and everything is back to normal.
Everyone gets the happy ending they deserve. Billy learns he's not dying and still makes it into the book of world records. It is learned that the dead man has a family. Jason is accepted into the group of friends and stops bullying. Lucas shows bravery. Howard becomes a better skater.
This is a wonderful movie for both kids and adults. Other than a few character flaws, I find this movie nearly perfect.
A beautiful, realistic movie
This was a very beautiful story with many realistic themes. Augie is a normal kid with some facial differences, who is not as ugly as everyone says he is. When he starts fifth grade, he has a hard time adjusting to the other students. Many people claim it is unrealistic how a kid like Augie made friends. For those of you who have been bullied, I'm sorry. I know how horrible it feels. As someone who grew up with a mental disability, I know how difficult school can be for people who are different, specifically if your disability makes it harder to socialize, presumably harder than having a physical disability. Not everyone in school was nice to me, but I managed to make some friends.
When Augie starts school, he has no friends. He notices kids making fun of him. He becomes friends with Jack Will after letting him cheat off his test. Who wouldn't be friends with someone who would do that? Jack is an outsider too, as he is not that smart and only in that school on a scholarship. Jack eventually gives into peer pressure and unknowingly makes fun of Augie to his face. This temporarily ends their friendship. Augie makes one more friend and eventually forgives Jack, after he stands up to school bully Julian and apoligizes to Augie. At the end of the movie the kids are on a feild trip, where they encounter some older bullies. Augie stands up to them, and hence, becomes the class hero. People finally see Augie for who he is, not what he looks like.
Unlike most kids movies I've seen, the adults in this movie are not horrible selfish people and actually care about the kids. Augie comes from a loving supportive family. The school principal is fair and takes bullying very seriously. I know not all schools are like that, but this was a private school with better teachers and more student support.
I don't have a lot of criticism for this movie, but there are some ways they could have made it better. Focus more on Augie and less on the other characters. The sister and her friend had little to do with Augie's story. Give Julian a backstory. I know Julian was the main school bully, but at the end he seemed truly sorry for what he did. He was strongly influenced by his horrible, possibly abusive mother. He did not deserve the ending he got. I wish the movie could go deeper into that.
Camp Cool Kids (2017)
I loved the first half. The second half made me very upset.
From the beginning of the movie I was really into it. I love kids movies and this seemed to have a good theme. I loved the main character Spence. He was easy to relate to. I thought he had a good group of friends in his cabin.
When the prank war started, it all got out of hand. The other cabin, with kids who are clearly older, started a food fight and only the younger kids got in trouble. Where were all the counselors during this?
Zack really was a jerk. At first I thought he was an okay guy, who just didn't want to look after his brother, but then he began leading the bullying. He gave his own brother and all of his friends wedgies. When he apologized, he didn't even take full responsibility. Spence had no reason to apologize. He was only sticking up for himself and his friends.
Dean was just a typical bully. They tried to justify him by claiming that he was afraid, but how is that any excuse for what he did. These weren't just silly little camp pranks. He rubbed poison ivy in kids' beds. At any real camp he would have been kicked out. At the end of the movie, Dean still never learned his lesson. He wasn't apologetic for what he did. He only felt sorry for himself.
Garret was supposed to be portrayed as a good counselor, but he really wasn't. He made his cabin accept full responsibility for the food fight they didn't even start. When they were wedgied, he didn't even try to find out who did it. When the bullies played potentially dangerous pranks, he did nothing. Yet when the younger, weaker kids, got revenge in a far less brutal way, he punished them.
Why was there no adult supervision at this camp? How did the bullies keep getting away with bullying? What was wrong with that camp director?
I thought the ending was good, with the exception of Dean's lack of character development. The theme was a little confusing. I know when kids get bullied there supposed to show off their differences in a positive way, but this wan't just teasing. They were getting physically bullied and every time they stood up for themselves they got in trouble, when really the counselors should have taken care of it.
I think with a few plot and character changes this could have turned out to be a really good movie that I would have given a 10. I still loved the actors.
Little Men (2016)
Movie that I thought would be good but really made me upset
I was expecting the movie to be more about the kids, but it was mostly about their horrible parents.
Tony's mom was dumb, rude, and sexist. Jake's dad needed money that was rightfully his to support his family. He tried to be as reasonable as he could and offered her a fair deal, which he was not legally obligated to do. She argues that she doesn't owe him anything, even though she does, and continuously insults him. She claims that his father cared more about her and thought it was wrong for a woman to financially support her husband. When she finds out his family needs the money she says that it's not her problem, even though it technically is. She also brings her son down into the feud.
Jake's dad is not much better. He evicts Jake's best friend without considering how it would affect Jake. He doesn't want Jake to hang out with the only friend he has. When he yelled at Jake in the car, I wanted to kill him. He calls Jake selfish when all Jake wants is to keep his best friend. He gives no regard to his own actions. He even insults Tony's acting skills. He is supposed to be the adult, but his son was the real adult in the family. I was disappointed at the end when Jake apologized to his father, as if he did something wrong.
I loved the kids. They were both really lovable characters and really cute. I admired their friendship and that they didn't let anything destroy their friendship even when their parents actively tried to. If this movie focused just on the two of them, it could have been great.
Mean Creek (2004)
How cruel can this movie be?
I only watched about half an hour of this movie and this is what I got out of it. After reading the plot summary I could not go through with it. George is an overweight, mentally disabled kid with anger issues who is unfairly marked as a bully. Other than beating up Sam he shows no sign of bullying and appears to be more of an outcast. Sam, a good looking guy with a hot girlfriend, messes with George's camera after he is told not to.As a result, George beats him up. Obviously that's not okay, but the school already punishes George. George should be getting some professional help and Sam should not act like he is completely innocent. Sam gets his brother and his friends to avenge the somewhat deserved beating he got. He even drags his girlfriend in who is just an innocent bystander. George actually believes that Sam wants to be his friend and actually makes an effort to be friends with Sam. This shows that he is not a bully. George is the weird outcast kid and Sam is the more popular kid. After George tries to be nice, Sam still goes through with his plan that involves putting George's life in danger. Sam and his brother are murderers and should be put in jail, even if they did not intend to kill George. George was the only good person in this movie, but because he was different he was labeled as the "bully" and killed.
Blank Check (1994)
This movie is cruel to children
I watched about 20 minutes of this movie before I couldn't take it anymore. This is my first time writing a review because I really want my opinion to be heard.
This movie teaches kids that money is the most important thing, that parents should favor children who make more money even if they are horrible people, and that your kid should hang out with the rich kids even if they are spoiled brats and bullies.
An 11 year old boy has to share his room with his idiot older brothers, so they can promote their lawn mowing business. They probably only make a few bucks, but their father buys them a computer because they have a job. They steal from their little brother and get away with it. Preston's father treats him like s"t because he doesn't have a job at 11 years old. He is forced to go to a bully's birthday party and not given enough money to do anything. For his birthday he gets a check for $11 (as punishment for not having a job?). His parents are not even poor. They are just being cheap. Later on, he has a bully steal his money and while chasing him almost gets run over by a car. His bike is ruined and he is given a blank check to buy a new bike. His father refuses to let him use the check he was given to buy a new bike because it was somehow his fault the bike got run over. Rather then feeling bad for his son for being robbed and almost killed, he grounds him.
These parents are guilty of verbal abuse and child neglect. Where are they when he almost dies and why don't they care about their son who seems to be the only good person. They are however portrayed as good people while Preston is portrayed as a spoiled brat. All Preston wants his some freedom. Seeing as he is being bullied by his schoolmates, his brothers, and his parents this is not an unreasonable request. According to his dad he is old enough to have a job, so why shouldn't he have a little freedom?
This is what I got from the movie after 20 minutes. If you enjoy capitalism within families, child labor, bullying, stealing, and child abuse this is the perfect movie for you.