LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers

Movie review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Clever, witty adventure -- but also one big LEGO ad.
  • NR
  • 2010
  • 82 minutes
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

If you think that building LEGO spaceships is educational, then you'll get a lot of it here.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

Sexy Stuff

The only female in the entire cast has cleavage painted on her plastic outfit. She kisses a fellow team member to get her way.

Language
Consumerism

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byIncy September 7, 2012

Not suitable for sensitive 4 year olds

Whilst the story is good, it is not for the sensitive child. Our son just turned 4 was enjoying it at the beginning but when he saw the Troll, he got scared an... Continue reading
Parent of a 5 and 8 year old Written byEric Z. December 21, 2011

A smart, fun-filled thrill-ride

From its thrilling opening sequence (borrowing from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Aliens) to its over-the-top climax, LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers delive... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 1, 2010

Good for young kids, around 7+

This is a fun movie for kids--with the exception of the Lord-of-the-Rings style battle scene at the end. This is a spectacular advance of the classic stop-motio... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old August 23, 2012

Should be PG

Once I Saw a PG For the same reason Good Tho

What's the story?

Clutch Powers (voiced by Ryan McPartlin) is just your above-average LEGO hero. Everyone in the LEGO universe knows his reputation as a master LEGO builder and adventurer. When his boss, Kjell Playwell (Paul Michael Glaser) teams him up with a German engineer named Bernie, an adventure specialist named Peg, and a general rough guy named Brick, Clutch's loner streak comes to an abrupt halt. The team is sent to a Space Police prison planet where a distress signal has been picked up. They are led to the medieval world of Ashlar, where Mallock the Malign -- a wizard who is bent on destroying all forces for good -- resides. The team is quickly charged with finding the resident prince, who alone can defeat the wizard. But "team" is a concept that alludes these four specialists, and their in-fighting just might distract them from getting the job done.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about clever consumer branding. Here is a movie based on a product (like the long-running Barbie DVD series). Does this DVD make you want to play with or buy LEGOs?

  • Kids can also talk about teamwork. How did it save the day? When can going it alone be a good thing? When can it be bad?

Movie details

For kids who love LEGOs and adventure

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