Amusing street ball comedy has a few racy jokes, language.
“Uncle Drew” is a basketball comedy starring NBA all-star Kyrie Irving, with legendary players Shaquille O’Neill, Reggie Miller, Lisa Leslie, Chris Webber and Nate Robinson co-starring as 70-something retirees who reunite to play in one final street ball tournament together. Co-produced by ESPN in partnership with Pepsi and Nike, the film features and mentions those brands prominently. Uncle Drew even wears Irving’s brand of Nike sneakers in a wink to the athlete behind the old-timer persona. Expect some suggestive jokes and scenes (i.e., a man and a woman in towels make it clear what they were doing in the shower together) and infrequent language (“s---,” “damn,” “ass”). But the movie has strong messages about teamwork, taking risks to achieve your goals and playing for the love of the game; it’s generally fine for mature tweens and up, particularly if they’re big basketball fans. (103 minutes)
Kids’ game show revival is slimy, messy fun for families.
“Double Dare” is a revamp of the popular same-named 1980s Nickelodeon game show. Kid contestants are challenged to answer trivia questions and complete physical tests in messy games. Despite the show’s competitive nature, the kids are generally good sports and don’t show much disappointment when they lose. But there is some tension as time winds down and point totals get close. Expect to see lots of pricey prizes on the line as the winning team races the clock to earn them. Overall, this is a fun, worry-free series the whole family can watch together. (40 half-hour episodes)
Weeknights at 8 p.m. on Nickelodeon.
Kindhearted magical heroine helps friends solve problems.
“True: Wonderful Wishes” continues the story of the characters introduced in “True and the Rainbow Kingdom.” The series follows a young girl named True (voiced by Michela Luci) and her feline best pal, Bartleby (Jamie Watson), who step in to solve problems for their friends with the help of magical wishes. The stories’ focus on compassion, kindness and helping others makes it a great pick for preschoolers and kids, and parents will appreciate the show’s additional emphases on patience and conscientiousness. And the fact that True’s efforts don’t always result in a solution right away is a good reminder of the realities of working out a problem. This vibrant series has strong visual appeal, curious characters and reliably positive messages for kids. (Five 23-minute episodes)
Available via Netflix streaming.
Lots of playground fun in light comic book adaptation.
“Harvey Street Kids” is an animated series inspired by characters from Harvey Comics. The three main characters — BFFs named Audrey (voiced by Stephanie Lemelin), Dot (Kelly McCreary) and Lotta (Lauren Lapkus) — have very different personalities but share a passion for justice. They team up to defend the victims of neighborhood kids’ meanness. Most of the strife is typical kid stuff, like leaving someone out of a game or teasing a kid because he’s short. There’s also a fair amount of potty humor (boogers, spitballs, etc.) and other playground talk (“jerks,” “let’s right the snot out of this wrong,” “butt sandwich,” etc.) to consider if your kids tend to repeat what they hear on TV. This isn’t a show with deep learning takeaways, but it’s fun in a playful, adults-free childhood experience way. (13 22-minute episodes)
Available via Netflix streaming.
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