Parents' Guide to

Ralph Breaks the Internet

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Colorful, clever sequel tackles complexity of online world.

Movie PG 2018 112 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 97 parent reviews

age 18+

Toxic and Disturbing Messages

I'm so glad I prescreened this one instead of playing it for my class. Ralph is portrayed as a toxic and creepy stalker who is obsessed with Vanellope, who's not much better, as she wants to abandon her friends in a Violent game called Slaughter Racing, which is filled with terrible things like Sharks who eat Puppies, thugs, and scary clowns. They also try glorifying the Dark Web as a place to fix all your problems, which is a terrible message to send to children. They even shamelessly advertise Disney and Twitter throughout the film! I recommend you skip this film and stick with the original, as actual heart was at least put into the first.

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Too much violence
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age 4+

A great family movie that hits on all cylinders!

"Ralph Wrecks the Internet" is a fun-filled and heartwarming movie that appeals to both children and adults. This sequel to "Wreck-It Ralph" continues to follow the adventures of Ralph, who leaves his arcade game and enters the vast and exciting world of the internet. With its exciting animation and engaging characters, "Ralph Wrecks the Internet" is a movie that will leave you smiling and satisfied. One of the standout elements of this film is the portrayal of the Disney princesses. In this movie, they are given a new level of depth and personality, and they are some of the most relatable and real characters in the film. They are shown to be strong, determined, and independent, and they provide a great message for young kids watching the movie, while being a refreshing meta take on the princesses that is both a love letter to Disney and the stories and an incisive satire of them. Another highlight of this film is the growth of the characters. Ralph, in particular, learns important lessons about friendship and teamwork as he navigates his way through the complex world of the internet. He is joined by Vanellope, who also learns valuable lessons about self-discovery and finding one's place in the world. These themes are woven into the story in a way that is both entertaining and educational, making the film appealing to both kids and adults. Overall, "Ralph Wrecks the Internet" is a fantastic movie that is sure to appeal to audiences of all ages. Its humor, heart, and exciting animation make it a must-watch for anyone looking for a fun and uplifting movie experience. I highly recommend it for families looking for a great film to enjoy together

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (97):
Kids say (110):

Disney's charming, insightful sequel shines a light on the wonders and horrors of the internet, from the camaraderie of sharing silly viral videos to the vicious nature of social media comments. Reilly and Silverman continue to sell the close friendship between a misunderstood video game villain and a glitch-prone young speedster. Their new adventure thrusts the BFFs into the wilds of the web; adults, even more than kids, will enjoy the movie's jokes and references to sites and internet phenomena that are all too relatable. In one key subplot, Vanellope and Ralph enter Slaughter Race, a gritty, dangerous online multiplayer racing game in which they encounter the game's star racer, Shank (Gal Gadot), whose car Vanellope hopes to steal and sell. Instead, she feels utterly, unexpectedly at home with Shank and her crew. Gadot is fabulously cast as the fierce, wise crew boss.

Another major, meta cameo has Vanellope infiltrating Disney's own social site in pursuit of more likes for Ralph's viral videos. She ends up meeting all of the Disney princesses (including the oft-overlooked Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, and Jasmine!), voiced mostly by their original actors. Since Vanellope is also a princess, the ladies have a hilarious conversation about what it means to be a princess (magical abilities, dead parent(s), important water, curses, and big, strong men). The sequence is surprisingly funny and layered, and the princesses all end up changing into loungewear to follow Vanellope's comfortable hoodie chic. As in the first movie, the theme of identity is important to Ralph Breaks the Internet, as is the meaning and nature of friendship and what it means to follow your dreams -- and support those you love as they follow their own passions. Although the thought of any sequel usually seems unnecessary, here the filmmakers work magic with a script full of heart.

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