Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 92 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 12+. Officially rated PG-13 mainly for some “suggestive references,” which means mild cursing and some sex-related jokes, such as a running gag about the word “vagina.” There’s also a teenage boy’s naked butt; ancient Native Americans running around in loincloths; and a scene involving vomit. No kissing or sexual activity, however.
‘Crooked Arrows’ is essentially ‘The Mighty Ducks,’ but with lacrosse sticks instead of hockey sticks and Native American teens instead of working-class kids. But just like ‘The Mighty Ducks’ was affecting in its own way, ‘Crooked Arrows’ is the kind of triumphant underdog story that will work for the whole family.
By Roxana Hadadi
It’s about time the genre of sports movies had an entry about lacrosse, since we already have baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and so much else covered. Underdogs! Redemption! Triumph! “Crooked Arrows” has it all, packaged in a family-friendly way that will please young athletes and their parents. And really, it’s so good because it’s copied from one of the best—1992’s “The Mighty Ducks.”