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Finding 'Ohana (2021)

Action | Adventure | Comedy
Rayting:   6.1/10 8.8K votes
Country: USA
Language: English | Hawaiian
Release date: January 29, 2021

A summer in rural O‘ahu takes an exciting turn for two Brooklyn raised siblings when a journal pointing to long lost treasure sets them on an epic adventure with new friends, and leads them to reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage.

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IonicBreezeMachine 30 January 2021

Pili (Kea Peahu) has her sights set on attending a Geocaching camp, but after her grandfather (Branscombe Richmond) has a heart attack, Pili must forfeit her prize and go to Hawaii with her mother Leilani (Kelly Hu) and brother Ioane (Alex Aiono). Once there Pili finds a journal among her grandfather's possessions that tells of a group of privateers who hid a cache of gold on the island and sets off to find the treasure unaware of the dangers surrounding it.

Directed by TV sitcom staple Jude Weng and written by comic book/screenwriter Christina Strain whose work can be seen in cult favorite TV show The Magicians and Netflix's upcoming series Shadow and Bone, Finding 'Ohana marks another original by Netflix. Finding 'Ohana feels like a mixture of Lilo & Stitch by way of National Treasure, and while there are good elements on display, the movie is a little clumsy out of the gate.

Kea Peahu makes her debut here as our protagonist Pili and brings a natural energy to her performance that is engaging. She does a good job conveying the drive, stubbornness, and arrogance of her character and has some nice moments of vulnerability and pathos throughout the film. YouTube personality/singer Alex Aiono makes his film debut here and for the most part does reasonably well, but sometimes the clunky material especially early on doesn't allow him to make the best impressions, but despite this he does feel engaging and falls comfortably into his role as the older brother dealing with an overly energized mischief prone sister. The supporting cast is also quite good. Kelly Hu despite a somewhat limited role plays her role as a struggling single parent trying to juggle multiple crises at once quite well and Branscombe Richmond plays the curmudgeonly grandfather character quite well and has some very sweet moments with Kea Peahu as Pili where they convey a genuine sense of family. But easily the best performance is Owen Vaccaro as Casper a nerdy overly cautious neighbor who Pili (kind of) befirends who gets some very funny scenes and lines in the movie. Vaccaro was previously seen in The House with a Clock in its Walls playing a lead and its nice to see him here again giving another good performance.

The movie itself is very hit and miss, the opening is very clumsily handled with characters often telling us about situations rather than showing us them, and while the characters feel like there's a richness to be explored for engagement and pathos, it often feels like those take a backseat to shenanigans and very on the nose humor. There's also not much in the way of drive at the beginning of the treasure hunt as the movie just kind of ambles along from one marker to the next. The flashback sequences are also rather underwhelming as they're subject to a running gag where the characters in the flashbacks will speak anachronistic dialogue as dubbed by Pili's Kea Peahu that is somewhat chuckle worthy upon first impression but becomes kind of grating upon repeated use. By the half way point I was ready to label this a very "meh" movie, but then it kept going.

After a flabby first half that's haphazardly delivered the movie course corrects and makes its stakes more dire and adds some tension and drive that's been missing from the movie up to that point. Without giving too much away there's some scenes of visual wonder and danger that all tie into the themes of family and Hawaiian mythology quite well and actually make the movie feel more engaging as it goes on.
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snoopytugb 14 March 2021

This movie was put together really well. Writing, music, cinematography...it FEELS like a B movie, but it's just beyond that. I'd say it's the best B+ movie I've seen in years! Great movie for adults to watch with the kids!!

tarapov-92-654064 28 March 2021

A cute and authentic family movie. Hawaii setting is beautiful and the cast is actually pretty good. The gal who played Pili is very good, I hope she's got great things ahead of her!

dominguezerin 5 February 2021

This movie is extremely cringe-worthy. Many aspects are, but the dialogue is by far the most cringe-inducing element of this film. None of the characters are that fleshed out either, and it just made for film that dragged on. Seriously. There wasn't an arc that seemed that sincere nor one that I cared about.

The beautiful backdrop of Hawaii takes this film farther than it deserves to go.

If you like Kid History (YouTube), you'll probably enjoy this film.

leerevell-69549 31 January 2021

Good Sunday afternoon film for the family but the Goonies influence is there from the start with one of the Goonie characters in this movie

Still well produced and a fun watch

jeffarenzana 14 March 2021

Obviously it's not The Goonies, but I feel that Finding Ohana is a like a good sampled hip hop song. They made Finding Ohana using The Goonies sample and inserted their own flavor.

Also, in the age of becoming culturally diverse, its ground breaking to see a whole cast of "minorities." This cast is the closest people my kids can identify with. With all the crap these kids can be watching on YouTube, this movie was literally a breath of fresh Hawaiian air.

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