A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
This story is meant purely to entertain, but it does manage to work in an opportunity for Phineas to show compassion for a stranger, which eventually inspires a change of heart in one of the story's villains.
Positive Role Models
Phineas and Ferb typically stumble into their good fortune rather than earning it, but when they're faced with a challenge, they never back down. In a few cases, Phineas shows he's made of strong stuff by helping an enemy and trusting in friendship to save the day when everything seems lost.
Violence & Scariness
The kids use blasters like Storm Troopers do, and there are multiple instances in which a target's survival is in question. You never see blood or have any real sense of fear (it is a comedy, after all), but in one case a body is carted away on a stretcher, and in others it's assumed that people have been hit and possibly killed. Mild peril is short-lived but does yield moments of uncertainty about the characters' wellbeing. Larger blasts target the ships, sometimes connecting with them. Darth Vader uses Jedi powers to choke subordinates who make him angry. Jedi use light sabers, and a main character turns evil for part of the story, which looks and may feel scary to young viewers. Other aliens have similarly bizarre appearances.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some women are noticeably shapely with rounded hips and breasts. In one quick instance, a man's computer screen shows an alien in a revealing gold bikini; in another, a group of female Storm Troopers shake their stuff in a dance routine. You'll also see one kiss.
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"Shut up" and "idiot" are heard a couple of times. In one scene, a character uses "Oh, Bantha droppings!" to suggest a stronger exclamation.
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Products & Purchases
This story is inspired by a well-known TV series and movie conglomerate, each of which also boasts a substantial marketing presence.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars is a hilarious overlay of modern cartoon heroes in a classic story of good and evil. Violence is the only real concern here, since there's a lot of fighting with blasters and heavier firepower between the ships themselves. There's no blood or obvious death, but you'll see bodies on the ground and, in one case, a body being removed by stretcher. A Jedi battle with light sabers puts a favorite character in peril, and another dabbles in evil for part of the story. Darth Vader uses telekinesis to choke people who anger him. Expect some marginal language such as "shut up" and name-calling such as "idiot" but also a likable plot thread that hints at the value of showing kindness and compassion to everyone. This masterfully written movie is a fun pick for kids and adults alike. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This special is a laugh-out-loud reimagining of the Star Wars saga. It shifts the focus away from Luke, Leia (April Winchell), and Han Solo (Ross Marquand) and onto the comic duo of neighboring Phineas and Ferb. Many of the classic scenes are there -- from the fateful meeting in the Mos Eisley cantina to their narrow escape from the garbage-compactor monster -- but each is retold from the viewpoint of Phineas and Ferb, who are said to have been just off-screen in the original movie. In some cases, the two sets of characters share a scene (Perry is on hand while Leia loads R2-D2 with the stolen Death Star plans, for instance), but most often those Star Wars events play out in the background while the infamous stepbrothers put on a show like only they can do. What with a comically inept Darth wannabe, a bitter rivalry brewing between Isabella and Han Solo, and Candace's unequivocal embrace of the Storm Troopers' conformist code, plus breakout songs at every turn, there's no end to the fun in this movie.
That said, Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars caters to viewers with at least a working knowledge of the Star Wars story and its characters, and those who come to it without that background won't find it nearly as fun. The rapid-fire jokes and jabs are so well incorporated you may have to back up a few times to catch every one, particularly when they're in musical form. Having some familiarity with the Phineas and Ferb cast also gives you better appreciation for how the characters they play in this story relate to their real-life personas, which accounts for Candace's love of all things Storm Trooper and Phineas and Ferb's satisfaction with life on Tatooine. The bottom line? If you're looking for something you will enjoy as much as (or perhaps even more than) your kids will, then this intergalactic adventure is for you.
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