Pokemon 4Ever

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Serious Pokemon fans will like it.
  • G
  • 2002
  • 119 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Violence & Scariness

Apparent character death; peril (intense for a G-rating).

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie depicts characters in peril and one apparent death that could be upsetting for younger children. There is one mildly crude joke that kids will find funny.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHolly R. April 5, 2018

A really cute movie with positive messages

There's a save the environment theme and a good versus evil theme. There's a evil man who has a"dark ball" that turns the Pokemon that get c... Continue reading
Adult Written byNebbie Zebbie June 6, 2019

One of the more emotional Pokemon movies

The focus of the movie is prevailing against those who would abuse nature, and it has great characters supporting that. Might be a bit scary towards the end, bu... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byDivine_Munchie_99 July 7, 2009

Touching.

Good, but intense scenes for sensetive people like me. Every time I watch this, I cry for Celebi. CELEBI I LOVE YOU!
Teen, 15 years old Written bywhyamiusingthissite September 5, 2009

This was one of the best Pokemon movies ever, you just don't understand.

I forgot characters of different races was a bad thing. Does it just fly over you people's heads that Sammy is Professor Oak? I'm sorry, but if you gu... Continue reading

What's the story?

In this fourth installment of Pokemon feature films, Ash and his friends explore an enchanted forest and meet Celebi, a dove-like Pokemon with the power to move through time. They also make friends with a boy named Sammy who was catapulted 40 years into the present day when he tried to protect Celebi from being captured. But then Celebi is captured and turned into a supercharged evil force. Sammy, Ash, Pikachu, and their friends have to find a way to save Celebi and the forest. And Sammy has to go back to his own era.

Is it any good?

POKEMON 4EVER offers more of a story than the previous Pokemon features, some surprisingly lovely background paintings, and a very impressive computer-animated monster made out of twigs and straw. I was a bit relieved to get away from the concept of possessing the pokemons and focus more on cooperation and friendship. But it is still a long slog for anyone but the most committed Pokemon fan, and parents may feel that the movie's title is a reference to its running time.

Parents often wonder about the appeal of Pokemon. There are three reasons that children are drawn to characters like Pokemon. First is the perennial appeal of characters who appear to be weak but have hidden sources of power. Kids, who live in a world of powerful giants are drawn to stories of transformations and secret strength. Next, the many facts to memorize about Pokemon give children a sense of power and competence. Finally, as children start to develop social skills, fads like Pokemon provide a shared language that can help those conversations and imaginative games get started.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Ash and Sammy will continue to be close to each other, even though they will not be together. How did Celebi stop being violent? What is the difference between Jesse and James and the other member of Team Rocket they meet? What do you think Team Rocket is?

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