The Casagrandes Movie parents guide

The Casagrandes Movie Parent Guide

The movie's messages are solid but the overall story feels somewhat juvenile.

Overall A-

Netflix: When Ronnie Ann accidentally unleashes a young demigod, the two come together on their mutual quests for independence from their mothers.

Release date March 22, 2024

Violence B
Sexual Content A
Profanity A-
Substance Use A

Why is The Casagrandes Movie rated TV-Y7? The MPAA rated The Casagrandes Movie TV-Y7

Run Time: 85 minutes

Parent Movie Review

It’s Ronnie Anne Casagrande’s (Izabella Alvarez) twelfth birthday, and she plans to spend her “Summer of 12” skateboarding with her best friend, Sid (Leah Mei Gold). Those plans are dashed when her mom (Sumalee Montano) surprises the family with a trip to Mexico. Once there, Ronnie Anne’s need for space from her over-planning mom leads her to accidentally unleash a young demigod named Punguari (Paulina Chávez), who’s also looking for independence and has a complicated relationship with her mother.

I have never seen The Casagrandes TV show, but I have seen a few episodes of the series it spun off from, The Loud House, which didn’t really help me because none of those characters are in this movie. Luckily, this is a stand-alone film, so it’s accessible to anyone, whether or not they are familiar with the TV series.

As a stand-alone production, I think there’s a lot to be commended in The Casagrandes Movie. The film is short and fast paced but manages to impart some great positive messages while earning a few laughs. The story centers on the tension between two tween girls who feel grown up and their mothers who still see them as little kids. The mothers aren’t demonized; in fact their perspectives are given almost equal weight to those of the girls, and both mothers and daughters come to appreciate each other’s points of view. The mothers learn to give their daughters more space as they get older and start to figure out who they are, while the daughters learn that they still need their mom’s guidance and aren’t quite grown-up yet.

The messages are solid, but the overall film feels somewhat juvenile. The narrative moves quickly with clumsy plot devices to drive it forward, and there’s a fair bit of potty humor. I’ll point out that these are issues that will primarily annoy adults: this show is made for kids and it works for them. There’s almost no negative content to speak of outside of some moments of cartoon peril, making this a great choice for most young audiences. And parents will appreciate the strong messages and representation, even if the story leaves something to be desired.

Directed by Miguel Puga. Starring Izabella Alvarez, Sumalee Montano, Paulina Chavez. Running time: 85 minutes. Theatrical release March 22, 2024. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is The Casagrandes Movie rated TV-Y7? The Casagrandes Movie is rated TV-Y7 by the MPAA

Violence: There are moments of mild peril and cartoon slapstick antics. Demon-like creatures threaten the main characters.
Sexual Content: There is a single instance of mild innuendo.
Profanity:   The script contains some mild name calling.
Alcohol / Drug Use: None.

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How are Ronnie Anne and Punguari similar? How do they find balance between being kids and wanting more independence?

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