Homeschool Friendly Mystery Movie

While homeschooling is much more popular than it used to be, it still takes a back seat to public school. It can be hard to find books and movies that our kids can relate to.

While I have found Books That Feature Homeschoolers, I haven’t found many movies that do. But I was recently introduced to a homeschool friendly mystery movie I want to tell you about!

Mount Hideaway Mysteries: Exes and Oh No’s is a homeschool friendly mystery movie made BY Homeschoolers, ABOUT Homeschoolers, FOR Homeschoolers! A Review from Starts At Eight

Homeschool Friendly Mystery Movie

Mount Hideaway Mysteries: Exes and Oh No’s from Mount Hideaway Media is a homeschool friendly mystery movie created by a homeschool dad and homeschool grads.

{I received Mount Hideaway Mysteries: Exes and Oh No’s as part of this review and I was compensated for my time in writing it. All views are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

About Mount Hideaway Mysteries: Exes and Oh No’s

Bethany Shanholtz, a beautiful young government operative, moves back to her rural hometown to get away from the spy life. But townspeople start getting murdered and her government bosses convince her to investigate, unofficially. She’s not allowed to use agency resources so she calls upon local friends from her childhood as a homeschooled farm girl.

The investigation quickly leads to Bethany’s ex-boyfriend Jamie and the mystery surrounding his sister’s mysterious death many years ago. The closer Bethany gets to the answers, the more the murders seem to be related to her own past, and the town’s future.

AND JUST WAIT FOR THE ENDING! While I won’t spoil the surprise it does leave you wanting more! (#plottwist)

Reasons to Love This Homeschool Friendly Mystery Movie

1. Created by Homeschoolers

Mount Hideaway’s Writer/Director, Brett Monk is a homeschooling dad. Brett and his wife Leigh Anne adopted their daughter out of the foster care system at age 13, while the movie was being created.

Making movies with her dad and her “movie crew family” is now part of her homeschool education and vocational training.

Producer/Co-Writer and Lead Actor, Mikayla Mulgrew Leybovich, is a homeschool grad. Co-Star Stacey Bradshaw (“Touched by Grace”, “Unplanned”, “Vindication”) and MANY of the cast and crew members are also homeschooled/homeschool graduates.

You can learn more about the cast and crew as well as the movie by visiting the site here.

2. Family Friendly

Mount Hideaway Mysteries: Exes and Oh No’s is a homeschool friendly mystery movie made BY Homeschoolers, ABOUT Homeschoolers, FOR Homeschoolers!

While the recommend movie age is 12+ because of the murder plot, we found it to be incredibly family friendly and tastefully done, even for younger audiences (if parents screen and approve).

It was refreshing to find an entertaining movie free of gratuitous profanity, gore, or sexual situations.

While this is a murder mystery and romance story, the romance is presented minus steamy scenes and all fight scenes and references to murders are done in an understated way (you don’t see any gore), similar to classic TV mysteries from years ago.

3. Quality Characters

Mount Hideaway Mysteries: Exes and Oh No’s uses real people as characters, not Hollywood actors.

It’s so nice to see a film where every face isn’t perfectly made up and every figure isn’t perfect. My husband and I always comment on the “pretty people” in movies and shows. These characters were so refreshing and easy to identify with. 

4. Pro Parents

Often times the parents in movies and shows are portrayed as incompetent or silly. In Mount Hideaway, the parental characters are sharp and relevant.

Bethany’s mom has advanced degrees and is wise, kind, and tough. She runs a successful family orchard.

Amy’s dad is super smart and leads the Homeschool Co-op Criminal Science Club. He was hilariously “dad-like” int he beginning scenes! My kids could really relate to him as his sense of humor is not unlike their dad’s.

5. Pro Homeschooling

Mount Hideaway Mysteries: Exes and Oh No’s is a homeschool friendly mystery movie made BY Homeschoolers, ABOUT Homeschoolers, FOR Homeschoolers!

All throughout the movie there are references to homeschooling. Whether that be talk of co-ops, the flexibility of scheduling, homeschool PE and more.

Instead of making fun of homeschooling, or portraying homeschoolers as odd social outcasts, this homeschool friendly mystery movie portrays homeschoolers as smart, and homeschooling is a valid choice for families.

Learn more about Mount Hideaway Mysteries: Exes and Oh No’s

Mount Hideaway Mysteries: Exes and Oh No’s can be streamed on your phone, tablet, computer, and television.

A young adult mystery movie created by a homeschool dad and homeschool grads 

Buy or rent Mount Hideaway Mysteries: Exes and Oh No’s

There is also a DVD Version with Special Bonus Features available on Amazon in most countries (NTSC format).

The DVD includes the feature film plus the following additional video features …

  • The Movie Trailer
  • Special Effects Breakdown and Explanation
  • Cast and Crew Reactions to Seeing the Movie for the First Time
  •  The mini-documentary, “A Homeschool Dad’s Perspective on Movie-Making”
  • A Behind the Scenes Musical Montage set to the original bluegrass tune “Mount Hideaway Blues”

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