The Legend of Johnny Lingo

The Legend of Johnny Lingo

DVD - 2004
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On a tropical island, an orphan boy named Tama is "cursed" by his tribe and finds comfort in fellow outcast: Mahana, a fiesty girl shunned for her ragged appearance. When Tama sails off in search of a new life, he promises a tearful Mahana to return for her someday. Tama's journey leads him to Johnny Lingo, a wealthy trader who makes Tama his apprentice and heir. Now as Tama embraces his new life, he must learn that the measure of a man is not in his possessions but in love, friendship and - in Tama's case - honoring a promise from the past.


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Jan 09, 2017

The disc jacket is a lie, it's not a surf movie, and that scene is never seen in the movie.
Yes, it's about an island boy growing up and learning some lessons along the path to becoming an adult, but it happens too fast for children to enjoy the movie.

My kids lost interest when he suddenly changed from a boy to a man about halfway into the movie. After that it became a search for a childhood love as adults, and really, it flipped from a fun little romp then suddenly became a chick flick.

The writing isn't horrible, the acting is tolerable, the continuity could have been better, and the flat out lie on the one sheet is unforgivable. I'll be generous and give it 2 stars, but I'm being nice.

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