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‘Boathouse Detectives’ Earns Dove Approval

26 Feb, 2011 By: Ashley Ratcliff

The Boathouse Detectives

MTI Home Video’s latest family caper, The Boathouse Detectives, joins a select group of films that have been awarded a seal of approval from the Dove Foundation.

The film, written and directed by Eric Hendershot (Clubhouse Detectives, Horse Crazy), will arrive on DVD and video-on-demand March 15. It is listed at $24.95.

Boathouse Detectives follows four friends who are on a mission to save 7-year-old Anna McKenzie from an evil stepmother who aims to ship her off to boarding school and throw her dog, Toby, in the pound. The young sleuths convene at their home base — a floating clubhouse — upon encountering a helium-filled balloon with Anna’s desperate plea attached, which sends the detectives on a fast-paced adventure to reunite the girl with her grandmother.

It stars Ella Harris, Mason Johnson, Oscar Hoggan, Cameron Phelts, McKenzie Richard, Stacee Riekhoff and Darren Ewing.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Dove Foundation has granted Boathouse Detectives a five-dove rating — the highest allowable — based on its low levels in the following areas: sex, language, violence, drug and alcohol use, nudity and other.

CEO Dick Rolfe co-founded the Dove Foundation in 1990 out of a frustration with the Motion Picture Association of America ratings that he and other parents felt were inadequate. The foundation’s mission is “to encourage and promote the creation, production, distribution and consumption of wholesome family entertainment,” and has since made strides in the industry to garner the support of major film studios.

Other family friendly, Dove Foundation-approved movies already on disc include You Again, Secretariat, Alpha and Omega, Despicable Me, Toy Story 3, The Last Airbender and Shrek Forever After, among many others.

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