Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Forgettable, unnecessary, disjointed polar bear sequel.

NR 2019 91 minutes

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 6+

Promising premise runied by boring plot, iffy messages.

The ONLY reason I wanted to see this movie was because I thought the premise of various children show characters competing for an award would actually be pretty funny...right? WRONG. As it turns out, instead of a entertaining competition film, we get a whole bunch of forced character cameos that literally evoke every single cartoon stereotype possible AND add absolutely NOTHING to the movie at all. As if that weren't enough, we get a ridiculously convoluted plotline that involves Daniel Tiger going off into the forest to drink "Funny Water" so he can be "funny" again and win the entire competition. At that point, I was so fed up with this movie that I went upstairs to take a shower while my younger cousin still watched it. When I came back down again, the movie was STILL on, so I decided to just watch the rest of it in the vague hope that it would somehow get better (which it didn't). And what did I find but Lincoln Loud repeatedly dunking Daniel in the "Funny Water" against his will until he can tell some "funny" jokes, which are (surprise!) all at Daniel's own expense. As if THAT weren't enough, we THEN got Lincoln "teaching" Daniel that it's perfectly OK to make mean or hurtful jokes about yourself to make others laugh, because that's apparently how humor works. Wow. OK, OK, I'll admit, he didn't quite say THAT (Thank God), but he WAS talking about self-deprecation in such a way that unknowing kids might interpret it as such. And if that's not a dangerous message to be sending to kids, I don't know what is. Anyway, once that's finally over, we then get Daniel crashing into the festival and confronting Katerina Kittycat's new lover, which THEN just turns out to be a robot controlled by Scooby Doo. Great. Also, this movie is really big on consumerism, even featuring lame tie-in video games as a DVD-ROM bonus feature. Anyway, I'd definitely recommend avoiding this movie at literally ALL costs, unless you need to distract your hyperactive 6-year old for 70 minutes or so. My MPAA rating: PG for some mild violence.

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