Troop Zero 2020 film review | Book Addicts

Troop Zero

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Troop Zero is a 2020 Amazon film.

2 out of 10 stars.  The message this sends is really negative, that it’s okay to make fun of children that are different and that it’s okay to urinate on a talent show stage.  Can’t imagine what they were thinking.

Somewhere in southern Georgia a little girl named Christmas Flint becomes obsessed with the stars because her mother has died and she imagines her up in the stars in heaven.  Her father is an attorney who always loses and they live out of a trailer.  She has no supervision and spends her days daydreaming and reading books about astronomy.

One day she learns that the Birdie Scouts are letting the troop who wins the Jamboree Birdie Scout Talent Show send a message into space as part of the country’s celebration of the meteor shower that takes place every sixty years.  So she gets her dad’s secretary to be the troop mom and starts troop zero, a troop filled with misfits.  They go about earning a badge each so that they can participate in the Jamboree Talent Show and then her dad scrapes together the $500 entrance fee.

The problem is that throughout the film the kids are publicly shamed repeatedly and none of the adults stop them.  Not a single one.  In the final scene, at the Jamboree talent show, at least twenty mean girls and adults make fun of the six kids on stage until one of them finally pees herself.  In a show of solidarity, the other five pee on stage too.  And naturally they lose.  What kind of message is that sending?  And why will no adults stand up for these kids?

2 out of 10 stars.  I would never let my children watch this.  I can’t imagine what the writers or the director were thinking.  They need a warning that reads Children were harmed in the making of this film.



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