Ice Age: Collision Course

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Fifth installment is fine but not-so-fresh prehistoric fun.
  • PG
  • 2016
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 13 reviews

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

Educational Value

Kids might be interested in learning more about prehistoric animals or planetary science. That said, the science (and timelines) in these movies has always been handled in a not-strictly-factual manner, so that's important to keep in mind.

Positive Messages

Positive messages about friendship, teamwork, courage, and what it means to belong to a family/herd. The subplot with Sid reminds audiences that someone should love you for who you are not what you look like, and Peaches' romance is a reminder that it's important to connect with the family of your significant other (and vice versa for parents). Buck's story promotes the idea that it only takes one individual to make a big difference.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Buck is brave and helps other unrelated animals. Manny, Diego, and Sid are selfless friends who would do anything to protect one another and the rest of their herd. Peaches stands up to her parents to assert that she loves them but should also be treated as an adult.

Violence & Scariness

A huge meteor shower hurtles toward Earth, destroying parts of it. The main characters must escape several close calls with the burning meteors and incoming asteroid, as well as carnivorous dino birds. Buck uses a giant tooth as a knife and saves an egg from three egg-stealing/eating dinosaurs. Scrat is constantly (and humorously) injured on his quest to get his beloved acorn. In one scene, his skin momentarily falls off his bones because of a gravity shift.

Sexy Stuff

A couple of suggestive double-meaning jokes -- like when a character says "hot tubbing just got a whole lot hotter" after another character turns young in a fountain of youth-type of environment. A couple of sloths kiss; coupled wooly mammoths embrace and link snouts. A female sloth asks a male sloth to be her "mate for life."

Language

Insults and potty language like "duty/doody," "my parts are retracting," "turd," "stupid mammals," "fun-sucker."

Consumerism

Although there's no consumerism in the movie, there's tons of Ice Age-related merchandise/marketing: apparel, games, toys, and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ice Age: Collision Course is the fifth installment in the popular prehistoric-themed Ice Age franchise. It's not necessary for viewers to have seen all of the former films to understand the plot line, but it does help. The violence/peril is less intense than in previous installments but does feature serious natural catastrophes -- like a fiery asteroid headed for Earth (and destructive meteors) -- as well as egg-stealing birds bent on destruction. You can also expect a little bit of insult language ("turd," "stupid"), as well as mildly suggestive comments about "parts retracting" and hotness. The coupled-off characters also embrace or kiss very briefly. As always, the messages revolve around teamwork and the unconditional love/acceptance of the right "herd."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9 year old Written byMemphisMaestro October 20, 2016

7+ but is it really worth your time?

First things first, review the "What Parents Need to Know" categories of a) violence, b) sex, and finally c) language. If you make it through there a... Continue reading
Parent of a 10 and 12 year old Written byHendo H. U December 27, 2017

Best of the series!

Along with Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Some scary parts
Teen, 15 years old Written byPipeCine July 22, 2016

"Collision Course" Exceeds The Low Expectations

The prehistoric animals most successful in the animation films return to the movie theaters for fifth time, now, the end of the world is their great concern.... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySarah Van Stomm July 26, 2016

If you want to go see a funny movie, don't see this.

Ok, first of all, it was so scientifically inaccurate. What are you trying to teach children?! Don't let your child let their head get filled with so many... Continue reading

What's the story?

ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE begins with Scrat accidentally creating the known solar system, courtesy of an alien space ship that had been frozen in a glacier. Once in outer space, Scrat continues his never-ending quest for his beloved acorn, only to wreak so much interplanetary havoc that he causes an asteroid to head straight toward Earth. Back on Earth, the prehistoric squad of wooly mammoth Manny (voiced by Ray Romano); his mate, Ellie (Queen Latifah); saber-tooth tiger Diego (Denis Leary); and sloth Sid (John Leguizamo) deal with the surprise engagement of Manny's and Ellie's daughter, Peaches (Keke Palmer), to mastodon Julian (Adam Devine). To Manny's chagrin, Julian, whose philosophy is "no plan is the best plan," and Peaches want to leave the herd to "roam" around after the wedding -- but once it's clear an asteroid is coming, the group becomes singularly focused on survival and teaming up with their clever weasel friend, Buck (Simon Pegg).

Is it any good?

For a series that's long overstayed its welcome, this fifth (and hopefully final) installment still manages to elicit a few laughs. It also references everything from Neil deGrasse Tyson and hash tags to profile pictures and bro handshakes. Thankfully, the trendy comments, while plentiful, aren't so that constant they become obnoxious. In fact, one of the best sequences in the story is reminiscent of Gilbert and Sullivan, with Buck singing a super-fast, talky song to the tune of "Figaro's Aria" from the The Barber of Seville.

What bogs down Ice Age: Collision Course is the sense that we've seen all of this before in the previous installments -- and we more or less have. Aside from Peaches' engagement and the introduction of a hippie commune of animals who've discovered the fountain of youth (thanks to naturally magnetic crystals), the new storyline brings little that's fresh to the franchise. While it's no doubt going to make younger kids laugh -- particularly the lovesick Sid, his snarky grandma (Wanda Sykes), and the goofball brothers Crash and Eddie (Seann William Scott and Josh Peck) -- Collision Course isn't likely to fully charm parents.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's scary parts. Do you think they're OK for little kids? How much scary stuff can kids handle?

  • Does humor make violent movie scenes less scary? Why or why not?

  • How do the characters demonstrate teamwork and courage? Why are those important character strengths?

  • How would you describe the central message of the Ice Age series? What defines a family? Who are the family members in this movie?

  • Why do you think sequels are so popular? Does the Ice Age series feel complete now, or would you like to see another one? How does Collision Course compare to the four others? Which is your favorite?

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