Recess: Taking the 5th Grade

Recess: Taking the 5th Grade
Recess: Taking the 5th Grade
  • G
  • 1h 2m
  • 2003
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Only here can you see the final chapter of the RECESS series. Everyone's favorite fourth graders have graduated! It's an all-new school year for the kids -- and the gang hits the fifth grade running! But they're stopped in their tracks when they discover some unwelcome changes -- no pizza, no playground . . . no lockers! And to make things worse, their teacher turns out to be the cantankerous Miss Finster! It's all too much for T.J., who is determined to find a way to stand up for what the gang believes in and improve the school they love! The fifth grade brings out the best in everyone ... even Miss Finster and Principal Prickly! Full of excitement, surprises, and loads of laughs, you'll discover TAKING THE FIFTH GRADE proves that working together is a great way to learn about friendship, cooperation, and most of all, fun!

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Common Sense Says
Clever animated film about middle school; some name-calling.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade features a main character who refuses to go to school to protest changes at the outset of the year that make it less fun until his demands are met. There's minor name-calling such as "freaks," "babies," "stupid," or "punks," a precarious near-fall from a roof, and some mild bullying that mostly involves exclusion, but the main characters work to divert those forces for the greater good. Otherwise it's a fast-paced, hyper-smart, and refreshingly gentle size-up of the politics and power plays of middle school that features smart, diverse kids and adults who are a tad oblivious but eventually come around to seeing things from the kid's perspective. Perfect for the age it dramatizes.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Comedy
  • Release Date:December 9, 2003
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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