Parents' Guide to

Level Up

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fantasy-action flick is best for video game-savvy tweens.

Movie NR 2012 90 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Level Up!

Silly movie, with an even more ridiculous plot but its the pilot to a much less interesting tv series. The movie was good. But the show that follows is just plain dumb.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
age 15+

Games limit

I think that parents should reduce the time we spend on gaming. We see only the computer and forget about all our friends. That's not good. ________________ audio editor, Richard

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (7):

Thanks to modern animation, the visual effects are fairly impressive, even if the animated characters themselves are a bit cheesy. LEVEL UP is an action-filled adventure that reverses the standard relationship between reality and the virtual realm by transporting the game's villains into the players' real world. Since the story hinges on a battle over rights to the world, violence is a big factor in the plot, which makes it an iffy choice for young kids. What's more, if your kids aren't already immersed in the gaming world, they'll miss many of the inside jokes and jargon ("NPC," "expansion pack") that enhance the experience for viewers who are more in the know.

There are some positive qualities to the story that will resonate with tweens and please their parents. The very nature of the heroes' friendship challenges stereotypes and reminds viewers that first impressions are rarely a reliable basis for judgment of character. Although the story is hardly realistic, it's a good segue into discussions with your tweens about the nature of the Internet and the pitfalls of its anonymity. While you're at it, be sure to refresh your family's rules about online safety and talk to your kids about the importance of real-life relationships as opposed to those generated in the virtual world.

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