A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate, although there are plenty of positive messages to learn from.
The value of friendship and loyalty is a strong theme throughout, as is the importance of family relationships and teamwork. Characters show courage and determination, and use their initiative to solve problems. Teenage challenges like finding a date -- and outfit -- for the prom are portrayed with humor and compassion and have positive outcomes.
Positive Role Models
Kim is determined and capable but also humble. Her friend Monique is supportive and down-to-earth. Ron is hapless but also courageous and loyal. The parents are hardworking and successful but don't neglect their kids, who are high-achieving.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of karate-style fight scenes throughout with no graphic injury detail. At one point a character's arm is scratched and red marks indicate blood but it quickly heals. Smoke bombs are fired into a parade. Ninja-style aggressors have flaming swords. There are several cartoon explosions. Several times androids get shot and green goo gushes out of their bodies as they melt. Mild jeopardy when a character is captured by the villain and at one point held under water. Mild peril when robots grow huge and attack everyone.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some characters (cheerleaders, a singer in a nightclub) have skimpy clothes and unrealistically curvaceous figures. Lots of teen chat about finding a date. Kim and Ron slow dance then share a kiss.
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General negativity, verging on bullying, is directed at a character over finding a date for the prom.
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Products & Purchases
Character gets caught up in a game of poker, enthusiastically gambling all their chips. Money changes hands between a villain and their supplier. A fast food chain is seen to be "selling out" when it introduces kids' meals with free toys. Nothing on-screen, but some tie-ins to merchandise such as toys, music albums, and clothes.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama is an animated adventure -- and spin-off of the TV cartoon -- that combines teen angst with superhero antics. Kim Possible (voiced by Christy Carlson Romano) is a good role model, showing bravery and confidence with a realistic amount of teen self-doubt, while also having to deal with her nemesis, Dr. Drakken (John DiMaggio), who is striving for world domination. Positive themes include the value of friendship and family, and what it means to be loyal and determined. The coming-of-age storyline covers the awkwardness of first boyfriends, misunderstandings with friends, and peer pressure to find a date. There is one kiss and several scenes with high school girls in skimpy cheerleading costumes. Cartoonish fight scenes, explosions, and general peril are all mild. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of the TV show will likely feel cheerily satisfied with this cartoon spin-off, originally billed as a series finale. Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama has all the trademarks of the franchise with self-referential humor, awesome fight sequences, and a satirical nod to the superhero/spy movie genre, complete with Bond-style opening credits.
Despite the short runtime, it packs in a pleasing combination of clever (and only occasionally confusing) storylines, fast-paced cartoon action, and smart jokes. Kim is thoroughly likable -- strong and determined, but down-to-earth enough to be relatable. Indeed, entertainment is pretty much guaranteed when the hero of the show has to navigate murderous cybertronic robots, judgmental high school cheerleaders, and a suspiciously perfect prom date all at once. Plot-filled, family fun.
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