LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out

  • Review Date: April 1, 2013
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 22 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Parody is short, funny, but definitely an ad for LEGO toys.
  • Review Date: April 1, 2013
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 22 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

This movie is intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

This humorous parody pokes fun at sibling rivalry and celebrity worship in a lighthearted way.

Positive role models

As a Star Wars parody, even protagonists like Luke Skywalker and Han Solo are goofier versions of their better-known characters in the movies.

Violence & scariness

Some Star Wars-style spaceship battles as well as laser blaster and light saber battles between members of the Rebel Alliance and Stormtroopers.

Sexy stuff

One brief moment of innuendo when C-3PO sits on Chewbacca's lap and makes a comment about watching where he puts his hands.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Characters are LEGO toy versions of well-known Star Wars characters. When it is time to try and create a new Death Star, a giant LEGO Death Star box floats in space, and humor is mined when the Emperor, Darth Maul, and Darth Vader argue and try to take turns putting the pieces together. The DVD is packaged with a Darth Vader LEGO mini-figure, and there is an insert with different Star Wars-themed LEGO models and characters.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out is a very short and very silly parody of the Star Wars movies and characters that acts as an extended commercial for LEGO products. There is some Star Wars-style violence with laser gun and light saber battles, as well as spaceship dogfights. There are also brief slightly off-color jokes involving C-3P0 and Chewbacca, but all in all, this is silliness for younger viewers that parents will also find amusing.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

While Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie, and the rest of the Rebel Alliance have won a major victory over the Empire, they have no time to celebrate, as the Emperor, Darth Vader, and Darth Maul plan on creating a new Death Star -- one made out of LEGOs. Luke must go on a secret mission, but it is impossible for him to hide in the shadows from the Stormtroopers, due to Luke's new-found fame as the young Jedi in-training who blew up the Death Star. Everywhere he goes now, he is chased by hordes of screaming teenage girl aliens enthralled by his heroism and good looks. To defeat the Empire, Luke must disguise himself as Darth Vader, and also convince these teenage girl aliens that the real Darth Vader is very handsome underneath his mask, and looks quite a bit like Hayden Christensen.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

LEGO STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES OUT is a very silly and quirky computer-animated parody of the movies and characters of the Star Wars franchise. While certainly a 22 minute commercial for LEGO products, it does manage to be clever and enjoyable on its own terms. While younger kids will enjoy, for instance, the jokes of Darth Vader as a bit of a crybaby, parents will find plenty to chuckle about as well. (It's impossible not to laugh as Chewbacca is shown sitting down to a crossword puzzle where all the answers are variations of "Rarrrgh.")

The biggest problem with this movie is that, at 22 minutes, it's too short. So much happens at once, it can be hard to follow, and before you know it, it's over. Still, as a parody, it does manage to pack a lot of action and a lot of jokes into such a short period of time. As an advertisement, perhaps 22 minutes is the perfect length to leave kids wanting more, and asking for Star Wars-themed LEGO toys to play with. Regardless, this is an enjoyable movie for parents and kids, despite the motives for its creation.

 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about parody. How are the characters in this short movie similar and different to the original characters in the Star Wars movies? What makes this version funny?

  • Why would the LEGO toy company want to make a Star Wars-themed parody movie in which characters are made to look like LEGO characters?

Movie details

DVD release date:March 26, 2013
Cast:Anthony Daniels, Brian Blessed, Kenneth Colley
Director:Guy Vasilovich
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Space and aliens
Run time:22 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent of a 9 and 11 year old Written bySavvy5753 April 4, 2013
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Humor for the whole family

The story line is humorous and mixes the various Star Wars stories together. The whole family laughed at the parody.
Kid, 10 years old July 4, 2013
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Amazing and funny!!!!!!!!

This is great fun for the whole family. To be succinct WATCH IT!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old June 7, 2013
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Really kid friendly

This is a really kid friendly parody. It's hilarious, but Luke is chased by girls who have a crush on him( it's actually funny, since they then start chasing Darth Vader, and at the end chase a legless Darth Maul). I would recommend seeing this with your kid(s).
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much consumerism

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