Want more recommendations for your family?
Sign up for our weekly newsletter for entertainment inspiration
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Several messages of teamwork, and encouragement. "Change can be good." The story inside the doll world is to encourage a little girl who's scared of a move she's about to experience. Getting to try new things while making a movie in the doll world helps her in the real world. There's also discussion about "makeovers" helping you express yourself.
Positive Role Models
Older characters take young Queen Bee under their wings in her movie debut and encourage her when she's nervous.
Majority female cast. Girls in various roles such as actress, director, stage designer, superhero, and more. The main characters are Black. The dolls are in various skin tones and hair colors and styles, from big curly afros to blonde braids.
Did we miss something on diversity? Suggest an update.
Violence & Scariness
A brief moment with a spooky character behind fog that turns out to be friendly. There's a car chase scene on a green screen where the cars collide. No one is hurt and they're wearing their seatbelts.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the doll characters wear short, sexy clothing.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
The movie is a heavy tie-in to the LOL Surprise doll line. The live-action character in the beginning of the movie is playing with her L.O.L Surprise! toys before she's transformed into one of them. The whole movie is a promotional vehicle for the L.O.L. Surprise! Franchise, including the dolls, accessories, and toys.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know L.O.L. Surprise!: The Movie is a mostly-animated Netflix movie heavily featuring the popular collectable fashion dolls and accessories from the L.O.L. Surprise! toy franchise. The marketing begins with a live-action little girl playing with her L.O.L Surprise! toys before she's transformed into one of them. The cast is majority female, with the girls playing various roles from director to actress, special effects coordinator, and more. The dolls are in various skin tones and hair colors and styles, from big curly afros to blonde braids. Some of those doll characters wear short dresses and/or sexy clothing. Viewers will notice the movie has several messages of teamwork and encouragement. The lesson inside the doll world is to encourage a little girl who's scared of moving to a new home. Getting to try new things while making a movie in the doll world helps her in the real world at the end. There's a brief spooky moment with a character behind fog that turns out to be friendly. There's a car chase scene on a green screen where the cars collide. No one is hurt and they're wearing their seatbelts. Though the story does have a positive message, you'll be seeing it behind heavy L.O.L. Surprise! branding. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The lighthearted story features a warm message and the colorful, diverse characters from the L.O.L. Surprise! universe. Big Sis Royal Bee is stylish and fabulous with her golden afro, and it's endearing to see her take Ava, aka Queen Bee, under her wing. But the story feels a little disjointed and sometimes slow with its segmented alternate endings. Kids and parents alike may enjoy the lessons about overcoming fears and working together. Younger L.O.L Surprise! fans will enjoy seeing their favorite characters on the scene, but the older crowd, or those unfamiliar with the franchise, might see it as an obvious marketing ploy and find it too cheesy to enjoy.
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.