What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that other than some juvenile jokes about dog farts, this movie is a good pick for tweens. Though there is bullying behavior, there is also modeling of kindness and teamwork -- something you don't find every day among this age group.
- Families can talk about whether Matthew has a typical first day of school. How would it be to move to a new town -- or in Matthew's case, a new country -- in the middle of seventh grade? Who does he turn to in order to make new friends?
- Matthew spends more time with his dog than he does on the computer or in front of the TV. Is this true to life?
- Bullies are no fun. In this movie, Matthew is taunted by the kid across the street. What's worse? A real life bully, who jeers from the back of a school bus? Or a cyberbully who makes life miserable online?