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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Good defeats evil. Batman learns that justice means more than crime-fighting. Parents' rules are based on desire to keep kids safe.
Positive Role Models
Heroes are brave, resourceful, honest, rely on teamwork, care for one another, and determined to do the right thing. Villains want power above all else.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent cartoon action: laser fire, explosions, swords, hand-to-hand combat, rockets, crashes, chases, falls. Villains cackle, threaten, and destroy.
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Products & Purchases
Tie-ins to Lego toys and DC Comics merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lego DC Comics Batman: Family Matters, the 9th Lego DC comics combo, is a funny action-adventure movie that pits The Caped Crusader and his nearest and dearest against long-time bad guys with ever-mightier technology and a renewed quest for power. Attention is paid in this entry to Batman's personal story, his motivations, and his relationship with younger members of the team, and that works, too. Kids who are old enough to be at ease with cartoon violence will get their fill of explosions, lasers, armies of robotic villains, battles, gunfire, and general animated mayhem. And, of course, there will be featured characters who give Lego and DC Comics a captive audience for their expanding line of toys and merchandise. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This entry in the Lego DC partnership has a nice balance of fun, emotional tugs, and comic action; the villains, robot armies, rockets, and explosions come fast and often, and so do the twists. The story, though heavily populated, is easy to follow and sticks to the basic DC formula: old villains rise up, bring on the battles, get defeated, and the superheroes celebrate. Batman's role as a parent is part of the tale, as he has dealings with all three young people that he's mentored, one in a surprise appearance. The two female "members of the family," Batgirl (Alyson Stoner) and Batwoman (Tara Strong), have lots to do, and keep up with the male members of the team. Lego DC Comics Batman: Family Matters is entertaining for kids as long as they understand cartoon action is different from real danger.
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