Parents' Guide to

Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Quirky duo's other-realm adventures are fun for all ages.

Movie G 2011 87 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

A little bit of violence but overall good.

I agree with the reviews. My youngest (almost 4) loves Phineas and Ferb (which is the only non-preschool show they watch). So both my boys loved this movie, it's a little violent than what we usually watch but it's definitely a good guys win, and it's very cartoony. They are not hurting other people but the robots pretty much. So that helps tone it down. Most of the characters are trying to do the right thing, and Candace is even less annoying in the movie than the show!

Is It Any Good?

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It's not an easy task to craft a movie that's appealing to families across the board, but the writers of this epic comic adventure have managed to do just that. Even if you've never watched the series with your kids, it's easy to get up to speed enough to follow the movie's helter-skelter pace. Not only are the characters' wacky escapades a draw for any age, but you'll find some hidden gems designed just for adults, like references to classic TV shows and movies as well as hilarious two- and three-line zingers that will sail over kids' head.

If your kids are well versed in Phineas and Ferb's adventures, there's no cause for concern in this movie, and the messages about friendship, loyalty, and trust are worth talking about after it's done. Action sequences do give way to some violence (lasers, long falls, fistfights), but the mood is light thanks to the animation style and overall humor. There are some surprising plot twists and one fairly shocking revelation, so the content will feel fresh even to seasoned viewers. A word of caution, though: Phineas and Ferb's faces grace everything from T-shirts to lunch boxes, thanks to the show's tremendous success, and the seven new songs spaced throughout this movie mean that there's another soundtrack to add to that merchandise list. In other words, don't be surprised if your young fan takes a liking to the ubiquitous paraphernalia after tuning in.

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