I really am quite pleased and excited to be able to add a moral & modest & captivating family movie into the church's kids' library. No need for fear of violence, bad language, or immodesty. Quite refreshing!
In watching, I didn't at first expect myself to be drawn into the movie. I found myself enjoying the story. The Biblical messages, the balance of seriousness/humor, and the historical references pull together to bring about a good & solid film. Good over evil is the golden thread in this movie.
Recently, my daughters and I had a "girls' night" where we invited friends over to watch Mandie and the Secret Tunnel. While I had seen this movie before, I was reminded of what a great movie it is! It is full of adventure, and from what my oldest daughter tells me, very close to the actual Mandie book. It is a family-friendly film with nothing objectionable and combines comedy with heartfelt moments. There was just one scary part at the beginning where little ones will need to hide their eyes while viewing.
There are many great discussion points in this movie. For example, the best of friends can often come from unexpected places. Another point: a little compassion and kindness goes a long way, as Mandie discovers from Aunt Lou, Liza, and Jason, when she arrives at Uncle John's house. Thirdly, stealing and deceit never pay, as those looking to steal some of Mandie's inheritance soon discover. Loyalty, forgiveness, and examples of the traits of a loving father also play prominent roles in this movie.
All in all, I would highly recommend Mandie and the Secret Tunnel for the entire family, as well as, a girls' night!
I bought this over a year ago for my sister's 12th birthday. She had read some of the books and had been wanting to see the movie. Before we started it, I was expecting to not like it as it was not what I normally watch, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The humor, the costumes (which, by the way, were always modest:), and the cast were all much better than expected, and I had a great time watching it with my sister. She has watched it numerous times, sometimes with my 12-year old brother who also liked it. :) I am glad there are still movies being made that children can watch without their parents (or older siblings!) worrying they might hear or see something inappropriate.
I grew up reading the Mandie books by Lois Gladys Leppard. Although the movie does not follow the exact story line of the books, I was not disappointed. I thought Lexi Johnson portrayed the character of Mandie very well. I liked how the movie brought out the history of the Cherokees and connected Mandie's life with her Indian ancestors. Most of the main characters from the books appear in the movie, including: Uncle Ned, Mandie's step-mother, Aunt Lou, Liza, Jason Bond, Polly, Joe, Dr. Woodard, and Uncle John. This is a great movie for all ages. No bad language, immodesty, etc.