Parents' Guide to

Next Gen

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Great animation, solid messages; lots of cartoon violence.

Movie NR 2018 106 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 110 parent reviews

age 14+

Equivalent of a school shooter

So there’s obvious use of the word “f*uck” that is bleeped out, my kid didn’t have a clue what was being said so I didn’t pay it much attention. I even chuckled a bit at it and can tell it was meant for any adults being sucked into watching the movie. What got to me and made me cringe was the fact that the main character, who is a bit rebellious and reluctant to blend in with the “cool kids” gets bullied and “beat up” by her peers and their robots, so she returns to school with her bigger robot to literally shoot up the place. Exaggerating a bit, the main characters robot shoots one of the peers little robots, but in the eyes of a 10 year old it’s “get bullied, show up with bigger badder thing and pew pew your problems”. And then they go on a robot killing spree. Animation is meant for children, but the story line and plot is most certainly not. Movie makers missed the target audience on this one. I am not sure who this movie is for to be honest
age 14+


Walked into the room and my kids were watching this with my husband, he wasn't paying much attention to it apparently. First thing I heard was a song "I don't give a f***." I immediately got on here to check reviews and then had them turn it off. My kids are 2, 6, 8, and 9; they are not exposed to language like this and they don't need to hear it being normalized in a "kids" movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (110 ):
Kids say (50 ):

A warmhearted story lies beneath the vibrant animation and imaginative cartoon mayhem, all made distinctive by the outstanding cast of actors and the original characters they've created. Charlyne Yi's Mai is unique: surly, funny, needy, and smart. John Krasinski is wonderful as 7723, evolving almost magically from robot to almost-human. Jason Sudeikis and David Cross are simply terrific. Next Gen is long and packed with many characters and plot complications that probably didn't need to be as complicated, and it has some striking changes in tone. But it's easy to see why Netflix came up with a lot of money when the film was up for sale in Cannes, France. Recommended.

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