Movie Review – The Sugar Creek Gang: Teacher Trouble
|Sugar Creek Gang: Teacher Trouble (2005)|
|Rating: 6.2/10 (17 votes)
Stars: Levi Bonilla, Kody Brown, Drew Dyer, Josh Garmon
Runtime: 65 min
Genre: Adventure, Family
Released: 25 Oct 2005
|Plot: This is the fifth film in The Sugar Creek Gang series. The Sugar Creek Gang suddenly becomes the opposite of teacher's pets when the new substitute, Mr. Black, comes to town. A wrongful accusation gets Bill into trouble with his parents and creates more questions in his head than answers. Why does Mr. Black keep taking pictures of people, who poisoned Mr. Black's beautiful horse, and will those beech switches in the classroom actually be used on the gang? How do a barn full of pigeons, a ladder, a new book, and a baseball game lead to a fire in the schoolhouse on Sunday afternoon? To find out, join the Sugar Creek Gang as they try to avoid trouble with the teacher! Look for the other films in the five part Sugar Creek Gang DVD series to complete your collection: Swamp Robber, The Great Canoe Fish, Revival Villains, and Secret Hideout!|
“The Sugar Creek Gang: Teacher Trouble” is the fifth movie in the modern adaptation of Paul Hutchen’s popular series of children’s books. The Sugar Creek Gang was a series of 36 books published between 1940 and 1970 published by Moody Press. Teacher Trouble is based off the 11th book in the series by the same name. These are books that I remember reading as a child and which my mother read in her childhood as well. The books tell of the escapades of six Christian boys (later seven) growing up in a small town in Indiana. The stories always involve strong dynamic characterization in which the boys undergo a significant moral transformation through ordinary life lessons. Fans of the original book series will notice a few changes in the characters. For instance, Bill’s sister Charlotte Ann is a young school age girl rather than an infant, and “Circus” (originally Dan Browne in the books) is now portrayed as a young girl and is now Dragonfly’s sister. These changes add a unique dynamic to the movies not found in the original books.
In Teacher Trouble, the gang find themselves facing false accusations against them and have to navigate through a handful of ethical dilemmas such as whether or not to accuse who they suspect without evidence, whether or not to participate in making fun of others, and telling the truth when they know they will face discipline. The gang doesn’t always make the right decision, but when they (or an individual member) do make a wrong choice it is portrayed as being a foolish decision and the character(s) have a change of heart in the end. This is important to me as a father. All too often modern books and movies that are directed toward children allow the foolish characters to remain foolish. They simply don’t experience any sort of significant moral change. This almost always results in the foolish character being portrayed as the “fun” one and as a result, foolishness is portrayed as humorous, exciting, and expected. Parents can rest in the knowledge that the movies maintain the same emphasis on right and wrong that was so common in Hutchen’s original works.
Overall I would recommend this movie for children of all ages. The story lines are not only helpful for character development but also exciting enough to keep the attention of our little ones. We sat down and watched this together as a family (two adults, seven children from 2 to 15, two cats and two dogs) and the movie was captivating enough to hold even the attention of our two year old (at least until the cat made a scene by escaping out of the window and then we lost him).
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