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Finn on the Fly Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Shaggy Dog-style story with some fun modern twists.

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?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Positive message about standing up for yourself, being a kind friend, and working as a team.

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    Role models: Ben's mom is supportive, understanding, and funny. His father speaks to him in Spanish and is proud of their Spanish heritage. The neighbor Mrs. Madsen, on the other hand, is a mad scientist suffering from a "God complex." She will do almost anything to capture Finn and turn him into a human forever.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Themes of kidnapping and laboratory testing, but handled mildly. Blow-darts hit the wrong targets, evil scientist conducts weird experiments, dogs chase after people. Ben's dad punches cousin Eddie when he thinks that he is a prowler.

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    Sex: While in human form, Finn does a doggie no-no when he sniffs a lady pedestrian's skirt and is slapped and called a "pervert." Kids hold hands.

  • language false1

    Language: Some potty humor and accompanying language: "fart," "farting," "butt," "poo," "sucks."

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    Consumerism: Ben drinks from a can of Coke. The kids play with Frisbees.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue