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Playmobil: The Movie

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Bland and unoriginal but may still amuse young kids.

Movie PG 2019 99 minutes
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age 5+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 5+

Wholesome movie

I feel like this movie gets a lot of hate just because it doesn't have sarcasm and adult humor in it, like many other so-called kids movies these days. This is a good movie. There are a few things I didn't like, the almost swears, "son of a..." and "Oh my..." and the colloseum death of a Playmobil character (it is not shown). But the songs are really good, it's a musical. The plot line is developed. The bad guy is easy to hate. The main and supporting characters are easy to like and cheer for and fun to watch. There is a lot of great humor and laughing moments for all ages, not just little kids. Yes, mom and dad die at the beginning of the movie (who we never get to meet by the way, the focus is entirely on brother and sisters relationship), but I felt it was a necessary part of the plot. What else would have changed the sister so dramatically? I wasn't expecting much from this movie, because of all the poor critic reviews, but found it to be quite delightful, showing that once again, if a movie is wholesome today's critics will often say it is no good or dated. Family movies that are wholesome and entertaining are very much appreciated in this household. Thank you to Playmobil and the makers of this movie!

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age 2+

So bad we blocked it.

This movie was so awful that we blocked it from our TV for good. No Garfield, no Curious George, no Shrek, no Vector, no Simba, and no WALL.E! Even Space Jam 2 is better than this trash.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11):
Kids say (22):

There aren't enough moments of delight, humor, or joy in this toy-based movie, which is likely to bore parents but may well appeal to young kids who enjoy Playmobil sets. After the success of the Lego movies, it's hard not to see Playmobil: The Movie as a completely derivative endeavor that falls far short. In a reverse of the original Lego Movie, this one begins with the live-action part and then transitions into the animated toy world. But this one isn't nearly as clever or funny, the music isn't as catchy, and the set pieces and characters are only vaguely familiar, unless you're an existing (or former) Playmobil fan.

All of that said, the talented voice cast saves this from being a completely wasted 90 minutes. While the songs are bland and forgettable, Lambert's Freddie Mercury-esque vocals as the villainous Maximus are fun. (Just don't expect to leave singing the new "it song" of the season.) The buddy road-trip subplot between Marla and Del is silly, though it lacks sparkling banter and chemistry. But it's still funnier than the parts with Charlie and his fellow imprisoned "gladiators." Disappointing but not unwatchable, Playmobil feels more like a C-grade copycat than an original idea.

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