The Legend of Johnny Lingo

The Legend of Johnny Lingo

Streaming Video - 2003
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When a fierce storm strikes Malio Island, the islanders ask for a miracle. What they receive instead is an ornate canoe complete with a little boy. At first the boy, named Tama, is thought to be a gift from the gods and taken in by the Malio chief to be raised as his own son. However, when gossip spreads that Tama is to blame for all the island's misfortunes, the chief denounces him. The boy is passed between families on the island until he ends up in the poorest house, that belonging to Mahana and her father. Like Tama, Mahana is an outcast and the two form a strong bond. When Tama finally has the means to escape the island, he vows that he will someday return for Mahana. That promise is where his adventure begin...


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Jan 09, 2017

The disc jacket is a lie, it's not a surf movie, and that scene is never seen in the movie.
Yes, it's about an island boy growing up and learning some lessons along the path to becoming an adult, but it happens too fast for children to enjoy the movie.

My kids lost interest when he suddenly changed from a boy to a man about halfway into the movie. After that it became a search for a childhood love as adults, and really, it flipped from a fun little romp then suddenly became a chick flick.

The writing isn't horrible, the acting is tolerable, the continuity could have been better, and the flat out lie on the one sheet is unforgivable. I'll be generous and give it 2 stars, but I'm being nice.


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