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Message in a Cell Phone (2000)

PG | | Family
Three young boys must crack a voice-mail code and figure out what the message is before they are discovered by desperate men who'll stop at nothing to destroy the cell phone.

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Nick Whitaker ...
Chase
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Harry
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Jess (as Jan Broberg Felt)
Doug Caputo ...
Mitchell
James Laub ...
Mac
Robbi Merrill ...
Jeremy
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B.J.
Stephen Rippey ...
Fake Felix (as Steve Rippey)
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Amanda Reiser
Michael Grove ...
Snyder
Terry Taylor ...
Felix
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Chic
David Stanley ...
Resort Manager
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Maid
Peggy Pendleton ...
Judge
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Three young boys must crack a voice-mail code and figure out what the message is before they are discovered by desperate men who'll stop at nothing to destroy the cell phone.

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Can three boys crack the code and outsmart the crooks?

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Rated PG for violence and thematic material | See all certifications »
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At 14:39 as he holds a towel for Jeremy, a blue waistband is visible above Mac's swimsuit that is not visible before or after. At 19:30 when Mac says "thanks" to the manager for letting the boys search room 7, a white waistband is visible above Mac's swimsuit that is not visible before or after. See more »

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Hooray for these kids!
20 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once you get past the implausibility of the falsely-imprisoned father/cop encouraging his 11-y/o son to unravel and confront the murderous conspiracy that put him in jail, this movie is actually quite good. Well, there is the coincidence of the cell phone with the message in it just happening to fall into the hands of the protagonist (Nick Whitaker) and his buddies, but that one's pretty standard and necessary to make the story happen. Anyway, once things get going, the three boys really show their stuff: they're ingenious and creative without unrealistic precocity; they're loyal to and willing to take risks for each other, but not without reservations and bitching; and they act independent of and ofttimes in opposition to the skein of adult strictures. The last is always my primary test of a kid movie, i.e. whether or not the characters initiate and carry through reasonable actions and solve problems on their own -- especially in ways that draw on the special skills and abilities that children possess and adults do not. This film gets high marks in that department. I also liked that the threesome of pals represented three very different types of boys -- maybe a bit exaggerated -- and formed an engaging "three musketeers" with at least one of whom any young person watching could identify.


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