GOTTA KICK IT UP! (2002)

   

We love America Ferrera and were excited to check out this movie. For years I thought it was a soccer movie based off the title but came to find out it is about dance. Not soccer at all. While the overall story was interesting and entertaining, we never felt that the dance team actually became a team. The lead girl, who at first, was in it only for her own selfish reason, was supposed to eventually forget all that and just bring the team together, but she never really did. We felt like she was always just in it for herself. First to get out of detention and then to get herself into a fancy performance school. As for the coach, we never fully connected with her either. She always kept her distance and while she did open up to our lead girl, we never saw her open up to the rest of the team. And how come when the coach went to an interview for another job, all hell breaks loose about her abandoning the team, but when little miss lead girl wants to go to another school, that is just fine? Stop being selfish, lead girl. Aside from all that, though, it was a decent DCOM and we would watch it again.

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BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA 2 (2011)

   
Since the first one turned out to be not so bad, we were more willing to watched the sequel. But this one turned out to be what we expected of the first. While, again, the puppies were adorable, that was the only good thing going for it. George Lopez returns as the voice of Papi, which is great, but not enough to save it. The story was dumb and the actors were not nearly as good, we desperately missed Drew Barrymore as Chloe. I’m sure young kids will still love it and love watching the talking puppies, but we don’t recommend it for the rest of you. If you watched the first one, feel free to just stop there in this trilogy…wait, trilogy? We have to watch another one? Shoot.

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VALIANT (2005)

   

We can see where this movie was trying to go but it didn’t ever get there. I mean, we get the purpose of the pigeons in WW2 and their jobs to pass along messages. But why was the hawk bad? Why did he want the messages? Was he working for Hitler? As a kid, I guess you just accept that fact that he is the bad guy and that is that. But as adults, we weren’t sure what his role was in the war. Did Hitler order the hawk to stop the pigeons? If not, then who did? Who is responsible for this Hawk? As for the pigeons, apart from our lead hero, Valiant, none of them were too memorable. We couldn’t tell you their names or any of their background stories, that I think were in the movie… Hmm, maybe not. The movie just left unanswered questions and didn’t really come together well. Everything just sort of happened and then the movie was over. Ok, well, check it off the list. 1/2 point bonus because we got to listen to Ewan McGregor.

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RUBY BRIDGES (1998)

   

For a made for TV movie that aired on Wonderful World of Disney in the 90s, this was good. The movie is based on the true story of Ruby Bridges when she was the first black child to be integrated into and all white elementary school in Louisiana in 1960. Wow, this story made me emotional. I cried a few times. What this little girl and her family did and went through was incredible. She was more brave than I could ever be and only 6 years old. We rated the stress high for the obvious reason of the awful situation of racism (unbelievably cruel things were yelled at this girl as she walked to school escorted by U.S. Marshals) and a high rating for boring because it is pure drama and a serious subject that young kids may be unable to follow and understand, and therefore they may be uninterested. However, this is a great movie to help teach and discuss with kids about racism and the amazing people who took a stand against it.

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HORSE WITHOUT A HEAD (1963)

   
This movie was so random, and not random in a good way.  It felt kind of all over the place. Almost like two different movies that happened to come together. We were hoping that the group of kids were going to turn out like the awesome kids in Goonies. But by the end of the movie, we couldn’t even tell you any of their names. We kind of got to know the one girl, and we knew who the leader was, but they were just a group of kids who liked to ride their toy horse without a head down the street. Then they just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. We didn’t care if the robbers actually pulled off their great heist or not. The movie felt long. We did want the kids to have their toy horse, but that was the extent of our involvement.

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TREASURE ISLAND (1950)

Walt Disney’s first attempt at a live action film. This movie is an old Disney classic. It’s rumored that Robert Newton’s performance as Long John Silver was how we got our stereotypical “Arrr Matey” type of pirate. If that is true, that is pretty awesome that it spawned how we think a pirate should act and talk. With that being said, if we hadn’t already watched Muppet Treasure Island, we would’ve had no idea what was going on. It was a little boring and hard to follow at times. Not one of our favorites, but got an extra half point rating because of its classic status and because it is worth the watch to see Long John Silver.


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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991)

   

Oh where do I begin? This movie is one of the BEST Disney movies of all time, no one of the BEST movies of all time. Period. Beautiful animation, a heartfelt wonderful story, and some of the greatest characters you will ever meet. Belle is an incredibly smart, courageous girl who was willing to give up her freedom, her life, for her father without a second thought. She knew she was worth more than settling for Gaston and wasn’t going to take any of the Beast’s crap. Who wouldn’t look up to this girl? This film is truly one of the greats. Did you know it was the first animated movie to be nominated for an Academy Award? Yeah, it was. It’s that good.

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THE ISLAND AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD (1974)

   
Props to this movie for an original and unique story, which is probably based off a book, but to us it was original. We had no idea what was going to happen which kept us into the movie. As a whole, it isn’t the best, but it was definitely an interesting movie to watch for the first time. I mean, who knew that there was a Viking paradise in the middle of the Arctic?

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BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA (2008)

   

This movie turned out to be not so bad. It surprised us after we kept putting off watching it. Although full of some cheesiness, the dogs were super cute, it had good actors, and the story was not too bad. We were interested enough to want to see what happened, and we cared for the characters. While it isn’t one you must check it out, it won’t be a huge disappointment if you do.

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