Big Time Movie

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Boy band tips hat to Beatles in fun, family-friendly film.
  • NR
  • 2012
  • 68 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 11 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

The movie intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

There's a clear good-vs.-evil storyline throughout the movie, and the two sides are clearly defined, even though the bad guys' intentions aren't truly harmful. Potentially dangerous scenarios are presented as comedy, but the movie's lighthearted nature ensures that it's a natural part of the plot.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The guys risk their own success to help save the world, but they're mostly left to their own devices to do so. Adults are busy with their own endeavors and don't oversee the teens' actions. Adult villains are cast as hapless and bumbling, thereby allowing them to be outsmarted by the novice spies.

Violence & Scariness

Some pratfalls, martial arts-style fighting, and weapon use, but injuries only result from tranquilizer guns.

Sexy Stuff

Mild flirting between teens culminates in one kiss.


"Sucks" is as strong as it gets.


Big Time Rush is a big name among tweens, and the band/cast counts two albums -- plus this movie's soundtrack -- and a hit TV show among its accomplishments. The soundtrack includes original songs by the band, as well as a handful of Beatles hits.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie starring the tween-fave cast of Nickelodeon's hit show Big Time Rush makes for fun family entertainment. The squeaky-clean content invites a range of ages, and the movie manages to include a little something for everyone, including parents, who will chuckle at its allusions to classic spy movies (as well as modern parodies like Austin Powers) and who will most appreciate the band's renditions of Beatles classics like "Help!" and "A Hard Day's Night." Expect some traditional weapons, as well as high-tech spyware (cell phone guns, dart pens, etc.), but the only injuries come from tranquilizer guns that knock out their victims for short periods. You don't have to already be a fan of Big Time Rush or their TV series to jump right into this fun-filled comedy, but if your kids aren't followers already and take a liking to the charismatic cast, they may want to add the show to their repertoire.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7-year-old Written bychanninghjohnson February 26, 2021
Written byAnonymous August 18, 2018
Kid, 9 years old May 12, 2017


This movie is really cool.
It's different but still good.
Violence:There is slapstick violence,people are shot with dart guns and a bear is shown holding a... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byadventureicallingCO January 22, 2021

Good Family Movie

This was a fun movie to watch, and I think it would be fine for kids ages 8 and up. There was a bit of violence, but you would usually expect even a little viol... Continue reading

What's the story?

Nickelodeon's talented boy band hits the big time with hilariously unexpected results in BIG TIME MOVIE. The story opens as Kendall (Kendall Schmidt), James (James Maslow), Carlos (Carlos Pena Jr.), and Logan (Logan Henderson) jet off to London to kick off their first world tour -- but a bag swap at the airport gives them possession of a potentially dangerous device called "The Beetle." Suddenly they're thrust into a high-stakes tug-of-war between the villainous Sir Atticus Moon and British intelligence agents, not to mention the beautiful and courageous Penny Lane, who's on a mission to rescue her father from Moon's grasp. All bets are off as the guys turn spies to save the world from a nefarious plot, risking their tour's success in the process.

Is it any good?

Strap in for a fast-paced adventure on the coattails of this fresh-faced foursome, who adapt to their comical undercover agent personas as naturally as they sing in harmony. The guys bring their trademark charisma to roles that pay homage to the original Fab Four's first two comical films, and they do pretty impressive renditions of classic Beatles songs. Mix in allusions to the shagadelic British spy parody Austin Powers, and this makes for a surprisingly appealing comedy for the whole family.

Even those who aren't already familiar with Big Time Rush will take an immediate liking to the talented teens thanks to their onscreen chemistry. Their vocal talent has propelled them to the top of fans' charts, and they don't miss a beat in incorporating the movie's soundtrack -- which features six Beatles songs as well as their own originals -- into the story. The result? If your kids aren't already fans, they might take new interest in the guys' TV and musical endeavors after seeing this movie, but it's a risk worth taking if you're looking for some family-friendly entertainment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about comedy. Did you find Big Time Movie funny? How does it compare to parodies of the same genre you've seen? How does it poke fun at other movies?

  • Kids: Why are so many TV shows and movies featuring musical stars these days? Does the musical component improve the quality of shows like Austin & Ally, Big Time Rush, and Victorious? Does it influence your musical preferences to have your favorite TV stars performing during these shows?

  • What, if anything, does this movie have to say about friendship and group dynamics? Is there a clear leader among the bandmates? Do all of the friends play equal roles in the story as well as on the performance stage? How do your experiences on teams or within peer groups compare to what you see here?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love musicals

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