Secrets of the Mountain
Starring: Paige Turco, Barry Bostwick, Shawn Christian, Adelaide Kane,
Crawford Wilson, Kayla Carlson
Recommended age: 5+
PTC Traffic Light Rating: Green
Minor squabbling among teens
a young girl, Dana James was told by her Uncle Henry that a
mysterious treasure is buried beneath a mountain owned by the
family. Now an adult, Dana’s life is crumbling: she is recently
divorced and remarried, and the divorce has taken its toll on her
children. Teenaged twins Jake and Jade are at one another’s throats,
unwilling to share their problems with their mother, and Dana allows
her law practice to consume most of her time. When a foreign company
offers to buy the mountain, Dana uses the excuse to show her
children where she grew up. But their vacation turns into an
adventure when Dana, Jake, Jade, little Maddie, and new friend Tom
begin to uncover the Secrets of the Mountain!
is no content to concern parents in Secrets of the Mountain.
No profanity is used, and sex is neither shown nor referred to.
James and Jade engage in some mild bickering between themselves and
teenage “attitude” towards their mother (rolling eyes, saying
“whatever!” and the like). During their adventure searching the tomb
for the treasure the family encounters some mild Indiana Jones-style
perils, like skeletons, falling rocks, bats, and traps. They are
stalked by Uncle Henry’s nemesis Fowler, and there is a brief
fistfight between Fowler and Henry, but no serious violence occurs.
are several excellent messages in the film. Jake and Jade are on the
outs with each other throughout most of the movie, and Dana and her
kids are depressed by her recent divorce. Yet by going home to the
mountain and finding their roots, the family also reconnects with
one another, and learns to pull together through perils. Dana is a
caring mother, who has not made time for her children; but she
realizes her mistake and makes amends. And Uncle Henry impresses
upon the young Dana the value of imagination in viewing the world.
of the Mountain
celebrates the return of genuine family entertainment to television.
The movie is one that children and parents can enjoy together, free
from the fear of kids being exposed to foul language, sex scenes,
raunchy humor or extreme violence. Producers and sponsors Wal-Mart
and Procter & Gamble are to be congratulated for their willingness
to produce family programming, when the major television networks
refuse to do so.
being the kind of enjoyable family entertainment that – sadly –
“they don’t make anymore,” the Parents Television Council is
delighted to award Secrets of the Mountain with the PTC
Seal of ApprovalTM.