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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than to educate.
Promotes teamwork, loyalty.
Positive Role Models
The three leading teen heroines are brave, loyal, steadfast, and smart, and have empathy for others. Villains are cackling, evil female characters with no redeeming value. Ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Typical cartoon violence from start to finish: blasters, chases, explosions, swordplay, hand-to-hand combat, falls, attacks by enemies, fire. Many close calls.
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Some name-calling (e.g., "plastic-headed delinquents!").
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Products & Purchases
New Lego toys from Mattel have been added to the already vast toy and merchandise franchise of DC action dolls and accessories.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain is the third of the DC Super Hero Girls movies, only this one, unlike the others, is an animated Lego production. This adventure is an original story in which the three leading characters from Super Hero High School -- Batgirl, (young) Wonder Woman, and Supergirl -- fight to save the planet from female versions of longstanding DC Comics villains (e.g., "Lena" Luthor). It's cartoon action -- chases, explosions, hand-to-hand combat, close calls, attacks from critters, and vicious cackling villainesses -- from start to finish. The teen heroines are smart, savvy, strong, and brave, and function as a highly productive team. Far from damsels in distress, or sidekicks, they command the action, outwit the bad gals, and, of course, save the day. Lego has created, and continues to create, partnerships with an astonishing number of established kid-friendly brands (Scooby-Doo!, DC Comics, Marvel Comics) so that fans will have an ongoing catalog of action figures and associated merchandise from which to choose. Part adventure, part toy ad, it's only meant for kids who have a clear understanding of real versus pretend violence. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's always a plus when young female audiences have truly strong, brave, and smart super heroines to root for, and there's no question that they'll find them in this otherwise routine story. Plus, there's plenty of thrills for action fans, with the girls careening through the skies and battling evil with the prowess of the most heroic boy characters.
Still, while Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain has music, jokes, suspense, and ongoing likable characters, it's a ho-hum production, lacking originality and specialness. And even little kids might be annoyed by some of the shrill and overly cutesy voice performances; grownups will simply cringe. Then there's the matter of Lego joining the DC family once again. Other than enhancing their toy and merchandise catalogues, what possible reason could there be to turn the animated teen Super Hero Girls into Legos?
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.