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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
If you think that building LEGO spaceships is educational, then you'll get a lot of it here.
Stresses the importance of teamwork and how to work together respectfully. On the other hand, there's only one female character in a cast of thousands. She's made out to be a clever adventurer, but one with cleavage painted onto her outfit. Plus there's some potential African American stereotyping in the form of a comedic skeleton character.
Positive Role Models
Clutch Powers is supposed to be an Indiana Jones kind of hero -- self depreciating and untouchable at the same time. Clutch isn't the perfect hero but he does prove that he can support other characters in their quest for greatness. In other words, this LEGO celeb can share the spotlight.
Violence & Scariness
Swords, weapons that blast, axes -- but all look like LEGOs of course. Some scares including a rock monster and a legion of skeleton warriors. A character named Brick likes to destroy everything he comes in contact with; he's the "weapons specialist" of the group.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The only female in the entire cast has cleavage painted on her plastic outfit. She kisses a fellow team member to get her way.
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Products & Purchases
LEGO logos everywhere, LEGO models assembled as part of the plot at regular intervals, every scene has a different LEGO set that corresponds with what is saleable. It's like going to LEGO-LAND without leaving the house.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, like the popular LEGO video games, this DVD is both enjoyable and literally built on everything LEGO, from the punctuated ground on up to the snap-on characters' hair. Many of the scenes begin with a character encountering a pile of LEGOs that they have to craft into a working spaceship or vehicle. Of course, all of these items are for sale in stores. Though the underlying message of the importance of teamwork is good for all ages, there is some fighting with weapons and scares for younger viewers, like an army of skeleton characters and a rock monster. 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 charming adventure DVD will certainly be a hit with LEGO fans. It has humor, a good story-line, defined characters, and a very uniquely LEGO world-view. Of course, it's also a product send-up; Each scene features cool new LEGO buildings and vehicles. But considering that the product send-up is a genre of its own these days (hello, Transformers?) the LEGO franchise does it with aplomb.
Talking with kids about watching versus buying might temper some of the consumer frenzy that this movie will inspire. But for what it's worth, the movie contains the creative spark that LEGO fans deserve. It's built on the fact that building is what the LEGO empire is all about. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.
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.