Message in a Cell Phone (2000)

Genres - Children's/Family  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Three preteen boys find themselves playing cat-and-mouse with a group of gangsters in this lightweight thriller for the family. It's a hot summer day, and three kids (Nick Whitaker, James Laub, and Robbi Merrill) are having fun at a hotel swimming pool when they hear the ring of a cellular phone. No one is picking it up, so one of the boys decides to answer it. The voice on the other end says he's a guest at the hotel who left his phone by the pool, and he'll give the boy five dollars to bring it to his room. The boy arrives at the room and before he can knock on the door, he hears a gunshot from inside the suite and runs away. The boy and his pals soon discover that there's an incriminating message stored inside the cell phone's voice mail system, and that a number of ne'er-do-wells will stop at anything to get it. The boys then set out to crack the code while trying to stay one step ahead of the bad guys.



boy, cell-phone, code [encryption], gangster, swimming-pool