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FINDING ‘OHANA

"Lively Family Adventure Marred by Pagan Mysticism"

Content: -2 Discretion advised for adults.
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What You Need To Know:

FINDING ‘OHANA is a fun adventure movie streaming on Netflix about four young people looking for treasure in Hawaii. Pili and her brother go to Hawaii to help out their aging grandfather. While the whole family is together, memories and photos of their father keep showing up. Their father passed away years ago, and they still hold him dear to their hearts. When Pili looks through her grandfather’s old trailer, she finds a journal that mentions a treasure on the big island in Hawaii. Pili believes she can help her grandfather and family if she finds this treasure, with help from two friends and her brother.  

FINDING ‘OHANA is a lively adventure movie. The movie is much like the 1985 adventure comedy movie THE GOONIES. Overall, it’s entertaining, but the story drags on a bit too long. FINDING ‘OHANA has some moral, redemptive elements about sacrifice and learning to help and support family. However, it’s marred by a lot of pagan, Hawaiian mysticism stressing the belief that dead people become spirits who become part of the Earth. So, MOVIEGIDE® advises extreme caution for FINDING ‘OHANA. 

Content:

(PaPa, FR, B, C, LL, V, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Mixed pagan worldview features pagan mysticism about spirits and an afterlife where people become a part of the Earth, with some moral, redemptive elements stressing family and sacrificing for family

Foul Language:
10 light obscenities and three light profanities

Violence:
Light violence involves jeopardy with characters slipping and falling in a cave

Sex:
No sex

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drug use; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Lying.

More Detail:

FINDING ‘OHANA is a fun adventure movie about four young people looking for a treasure in Hawaii. FINDING ‘OHANA has some moral, redemptive elements about supporting family and sacrifice, but it’s marred by pagan mysticism and brief foul language.

Pili and Ioane are sad to leave New York City but have to visit their grandfather who isn’t well. Pili is a tomboy who’s very interested in adventure and puzzles, while Ioane is a teenage boy who is mostly interested in getting a girl’s number. The two don’t see eye to eye on things but have to get along in the midst of it. Their mother, Leilani, is on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu taking care of her father. While the whole family is together, there are memories and photos of their father that keep showing up. Their father passed years ago, and they still hold him dear to their hearts.

When Pili finds an old journal in her grandfather’s trailer, she’s curious what it is. The journal has drawings in it, including information about a secrete treasure on the island. The very next morning, Pili decides to go with her friend, Casper, to find the treasure. They don’t get far, but her grandfather, Kimo, agrees to take her out on the boat and tell her something about the treasure.

Grandfather Kimo and Pili go out on a boat to a nearby island, but as Kimo tells Pili about the treasure, he slips and gets seriously injured. Now, Kimo needs to get to the hospital and stay there for a few days. Feeling bad, Pili believes she must find the treasure in order to help with the medical bills for their family.

FINDING ‘OHANA is a lively adventure movie. The movie is much like the 1985 adventure comedy movie THE GOONIES. Overall, it’s entertaining, but it does drag on a bit too long.

FINDING ‘OHANA has some moral, redemptive elements about sacrifice and learning to help and support family. However, it’s marred by pagan, Hawaiian mysticism stressing the belief that dead people become spirits who become part of the Earth. So, MOVIEGIDE® advises extreme caution for FINDING ‘OHANA.