What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Pokémon Detective Pikachu is the first live-action movie in the popular franchise about powerful creatures and their human trainers. After his father goes missing, 21-year-old Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) sets out to find him -- with the help of wisecracking wannabe gumshoe Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds). The two team up when Tim realizes that he's the only one who can understand Detective Pikachu's speech (most pokémon just repeat their names over and over). Together, they search for Tim's dad, uncovering a plot to destroy their city along the way. Although it's based on a kid-friendly Nintendo game also called Detective Pikachu, this movie will likely be edgier than its source material and earlier animated pokémon movies and series, so it could be too intense for younger kids. Expect some rude humor, action sequences, and possibly swearing and violence.
For kids who love Pokémon and detectives
Our editors recommend
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.