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5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After "The Lego Batman Movie"

Families can talk about everything from how much scary stuff is OK for kids to whether Batman is a role model.

Smart, funny, and fast-paced, this second big-screen Lego movie shows that the first one wasn't a fluke: The folks behind this franchise definitely know what they're doing. The Lego Batman Movie is a little darker and edgier than its predecessor -- there are tons of bad guys, battles, explosions, bombs, weapons, destruction, and general mayhem, and the main characters are constantly in peril. But it also has strong, clear messages about the importance of teamwork and humility -- which means there's plenty for families to talk about. Try these discussion questions for kids:

  • Talk about the violence and action in the movie. Is it less scary because all the people and buildings are made out of Legos? How much scary stuff can young kids handle?
  • How does the Batman in the Lego movies compare with other versions of Batman you've seen in movies and/or on TV shows? Why do you think Batman is usually portrayed as so serious and angry? Is he a role model?
  • How does Batman learn the importance of teamwork and humility? Why are those important character strengths?
  • The Joker is definitely a villain, but it's clear that we're also supposed to sympathize with his frustration and hurt feelings regarding his relationship with Batman. Is it OK to feel sorry for a bad guy? How did you feel about him in the end?
  • How do the Lego movies stack up with other toy-based franchises, such as the Barbie or Transformers films? Does watching them make you want to get the Lego characters in the movie?
Betsy Bozdech

Betsy's experiences working in online parenting and entertainment content were the perfect preparation for her role as Common Sense's editorial director. After earning bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1997, she began her editorial career at BabyCenter.com and then served as an editor at Reel.com, Emode.com, and AOL's Digital City before working as the site content manager at Netflix for three years -- and then joining Common Sense Media in 2006. She's a lifelong movie and TV fan (favorites include The Princess Bride, 30 Rock, Some Like It Hot, Saturday Night Live, and Star Wars) and is delighted to have a job that makes keeping up on celebrity and pop culture news a necessity -- which, in turn, helps give her (a little) cred with her two kids.

In her role at Common Sense, Betsy has had the privilege of moderating a Comic-Con panel, serving as a juror for the San Francisco Film Festival, touring the set of Imagination Movers, interviewing filmmakers like The Good Dinosaur's Peter Sohn, and much more. She is also a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists.

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