A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Worms, called in this film the "lowest species on the food chain," learn that they can be proud of who and what they are. They also realize how crucial it is to follow their dreams and work hard to attain what may seem to be impossible. Winning should not be considered the only prize in a contest...having fun and doing your best are valuable rewards.
Positive Role Models
Members of "Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms" a '70's disco band illustrate the value of hard work, self-confidence, and refusal to give up easily. Barry's mother is a stereotypical martyr-hypochondriac who henpecks Barry's dad, but eventually learns a lesson. The corporate types are classic one-note businessmen who abuse the workers. One of the members of the Disco Worms is overweight, subject to teasing fat jokes, and chastises himself with lots of self-deprecatory comments.
Violence & Scariness
A number of scenes include cartoonish pratfalls: a character is whipped around on a fan; the worms are shoveled out with the trash and momentarily trapped; fishermen's hooks endanger the worms; and Barry is squashed by a boot, but in all instances, no one is hurt or injured. Note: The DVD includes a trailer for another movie that has some scary images.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mildly suggestive sexual behavior -- a rock star tries to seduce an ardent fan; a worm makes a subtle reference to being gay and having a crush on a man; husband and wife kiss.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
One use of "hell." Several scenes show snooty insects teasing and harassing the worms: "sissy," "dumb brain," "fat," "stupid," "greaseball" and more.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Disco Worms includes several instances of name-calling: "sissy," "dumb brain," "fatty," "stupid greaseball," etc. and one use of "hell." Otherwise it's pretty tame (and bland) stuff. There are some typically cartoonish mishaps with no injuries or consequences. Characters get caught in a zipper, smashed by a boot, trapped in a container meant for live bait, threatened by a rusty hook, and more. A sleazy rock star tries to seduce a young female worm-singer and one member of the worm band makes several vague gay references which could easily go right over the heads of young viewers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The message of the movie is fine: follow your dreams, work hard, earn respect. There are amiable recreations of some iconic disco hits ("Play That Funky Music," "YMCA," etc.). The characters are likeable.
But it's all a bland affair. Neither the story nor the humor is original or clever. Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms can boogie, but they're simply not that special.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.