THE SWAP (2016)

Freaky Friday type movie where a couple of peers switch bodies when they text each other at the same time. Ellie thinks Jack has it easier as a boy on the hockey team and Jack is convinced Ellie’s life as a rhythmic gymnastics girl is the way to go. Of course, once in each other’s bodies, they realize each has their own troubles and must figure out how to switch back. The movie is quite predictable. The story has just already been played out. This one didn’t really bring anything new to the whole body-switching dilemma other than it was a boy and girl who switched. We were surprised they barely touched on the challenges of being their other gender. It was more about the sports they each play and the relationships with their parents. There was an opportunity for something more, but it wasn’t taken. The movie wasn’t great and it won’t be a DCOM classic, but I am sure kids will like and watch it anyway.

THE SHAGGY DOG (2006)

Tim Allen stars in this remake of the 1959 classic, as a lawyer who is bitten by an age-defying sheepdog and now occasionally turns into a dog himself. We laughed at Tim Allen’s dog mannerisms after he was bitten but still a human and we think this is one that kids will like. It’s cheesy and not necessarily one I would pick to watch again, but not a horrible one if you are looking for a family movie night.

THE SULTAN AND THE ROCKSTAR (1980)

Another made for TV movie that was painful to get through. This one was quite bizarre. A rockstar runs away to escape the crazy life and just to have a moment of peace. He ends up on a private island with a tiger that was placed there to be hunted by some rich guy. The rockstar ends up becoming best buds with the tiger and must hide and save the tiger from being killed. How crazy is that? A hunter can’t travel to kill a tiger so he ships one in? Is this a thing? It is a horrible thing! Anyway, the movie was boring and we lost interest. But we made it through and so did the tiger. Yay.

THE LITTLE MERMAID: ARIEL’S BEGINNING (2008)

Another adventure with Ariel? Yes, we are in! Then we watched it. Shoot. Well, we love that we finally get to see what happened to Ariel’s mom (and oh man, so sad!). But, this movie actually raised more questions than answers for us. King Triton has banned music from the kingdom of Atlantica since the loss of his music-loving wife, Queen Athena. Ariel, of course, hates the rule her father has placed and one day discovers an underground (uh, underocean?) music club. Ariel is now on a mission to bring music back to the kingdom and all the merpeople.  So our question is, how close is this to Ariel meeting Eric? She looks the same age as the original movie and if not, she can’t be far off. There is no music allowed? Yet, in the original, there was a big annual concert about to happen. It may be the first concert since the ban was lifted you say? But Ariel forgot all about that concert when searching for human stuff. Ariel wanted so badly to have music back in her life in this third installment, that I am surprised that she would forget about a big concert. I would think she would be itching to go. And did you see her collection of human stuff in the first movie? That collection took years people. But in this movie, no mention of needing to swim off to her secret grotto. She had no time for it between the stroll with the family in the morning and the forbidden clubbing at night. So when did the obsession start? When??? Because, to us, Ariel looks like she is going to save Eric from drowning next week.

HACKSAW (1971)

Oh no. Ok, here we go. Let’s talk about this movie. A man and woman capture a wild horse but can’t tame him. He will have no part in having someone ride him. But he will pull a wagon so the man can wagon race. Yay, I guess. This movie was boring. And the woman was so annoying that we cheered when she got caught in the bear trap. Don’t worry, it wasn’t a regular metal bear trap. Just a rope they had rigged around a couple of pine trees.  This was a movie we could’ve skipped for sure but it’s redeeming feature was that I got to watch horses.

OLIVER TWIST (1997)

Another product from The Wonderful World of Disney that aired on Sunday nights on ABC in the 90s. Disney’s take on the classic novel wasn’t too bad. Richard Dreyfuss was almost unrecognizable in his Fagin getup. We liked Elijah Wood as Dodger, even though his accent was off. But despite a good cast, we don’t think this is a movie that everyone needs to rush to watch. Younger kids may get bored and lost in the story. It was interesting enough for us and we are glad we have seen it once. I have not read the book so I am not sure how it holds up to the original tale. If you have read it and are a fan, then I think you should check this version out. See what you think. Just know that it’s a made for TV movie and at times the production shows it.

DUCKTALES THE MOVIE: TREASURE OF THE LOST LAMP (1990)

We are 90s kids so watching this movie was like going back to our childhood. Ducktales focused on moneybags Uncle Scrooge and his great-nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie and their adventures. I remember watching and loving this TV series but I barely remembered this movie. I did remember Huey, Dewey and Louie bopping around on the camel though. The movie as a whole is just a silly fun movie just like the TV show it came from. If you enjoyed the show then you will like this. While it isn’t a must see that we recommend to everyone, you could check it out to prepare for the reboot of the show that will be released soon. That’s right. Ducktales is back! Ducktales! Woo-ooo!

GEEK CHARMING (2011)

A very predictable movie about a popular girl who only cares about winning Blossom Queen and a nerdy filmmaker who decides to make her the subject of his documentary. We all know that the two who hate each other at first will discover that the other is more than who they thought and they will end up falling in love. The movie was not the best and we got bored. The characters weren’t my favorite so I wasn’t really rooting for any of them. The whole point of the main girl was that she was more than the popular girl she portrayed herself to be. But she was mean and treated her friends like crap. Yet at the end, during her speech, she calls them out for being bad friends. Uh girl, you need to apologize to them just as much as they do to you! Ah well, it’s watched and done with and though it was fine for a one time viewing, I don’t need to see it again.

DESCENDANTS 2 (2017)

The gang is back in this highly anticipating DCOM this summer. Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay have been in Auradon for a while now and Mal is having an identity crisis. She isn’t the perfect princess that the people of Auradon are expecting her to be. She returns to the Isle of the lost because that is where she feels she belongs. She doesn’t believe herself to be good enough for Ben and the Auradon kingdom. While in the Isle we meet Uma, daughter of Ursula, who has been holding a grudge against Mal and the now King Ben since she wasn’t picked to leave the Isle and therefore still trapped. I actually enjoyed this more than I thought. I think we had such high expectations of the first movie that it ended up falling a little flat for us. But after accepting these movies for what they are, that they are just fun DCOMs, then they actually pretty good. In preparation for this movie, I actually re-watched the first one and, for me, it was better the second time. Kids will love this movie and I think adults can enjoy it too. Although, I am sure a lot of you with kids have the movie on constant replay. Have fun with that.

THE RESCUERS DOWN UNDER (1990)

In our opinion, this movie is better than the first one. It may be because growing up this was the only movie I had and I didn’t know for the longest time that it even was a sequel. I remember learning about the original and being blown away. That being said…this one is still better. I love the adventure Bernard and Bianca have in Australia to save a kidnapped boy from an illegal poacher. The characters are funnier, the villain is scarier and the story is better. I promise, this one is more fun and has my favorite line, “pea soup”!  Go watch it now, please.