Ratchet & Clank

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Video game-based sci-fi adventure is fun but forgettable.
  • PG
  • 2016
  • 94 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 7 reviews

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Positive Messages

The biggest takeaway is a lesson that a main character learns the hard way: To be a hero, you don't have to do big things, you just have to find your courage and try your best to do the right things. Humility is a strong theme (i.e. you don't have to be famous to be a hero). Teamwork and friendship matter. Listen to what others have to say, no matter who they are.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ratchet is stubborn and sometimes a loose cannon, but he has a big heart and wants to be a galaxy ranger not for the glory but to be a helpful hero to others. Captain Quark is seduced by fame and power but learns from his mistakes.

Violence & Scariness

Frequent space battles. Characters use blasters and other weapons; lots of stuff explodes (including planets). Characters injured/threatened/in peril. Maniacal bad guy.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Movie's tagline is "kick some asteroid."

Consumerism

The movie is inspired by a video game, and there's plenty of associated merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ratchet and Clank is a snarky, self-referential animated movie inspired by the popular PlayStation video game franchise. The movie has a little less edge than the games -- there's not much in the way of language or innuendo -- but there is some body humor (barfing, etc.) and plenty of cartoonish violence: Think space battles, explosions (including planets), blasters, and peril. While it's not particularly original -- and it has so many jokes about wanting to be super famous that you might want to talk with your kids about that theme afterward -- it does offer lessons about humility and doing the right thing, as well as the value of friendship and teamwork.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by4myB&K March 22, 2017

Cute Movie for game fans

My kids enjoyed it at 10, 6 and 3. I remember playing the games when I was younger and wanted to see how they made the movie. Very family friendly. Nothing ques... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 22, 2016

Action-packed yet uninspiring film is lame and boring.

"Ratchet and Clank ... those are the sounds your brain will make when you try to wrap your head around why they even made this movie in the first place.... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 13, 2016

Boring/confusing, saw it in theaters

I think this movie is boring and confusing, the storyline is confusing and I can't really keep up/track of the storyline and I don't understand half o... Continue reading

What's the story?

Maniacal villain Chairman Drek (voiced by Paul Giamatti) is on a tear in RATCHET AND CLANK, destroying planets and taking bits of each one to build his vision of a perfect whole. But the Galactic Rangers are on the case, as is Ratchet (James Arnold Taylor), a lombax who works as a mechanic but has a big heart and an even bigger yearning for superhero-hood. His dream just might be realized when the Rangers put a call out for a new member -- aided by Clank (David Kaye), a "defective" robot, Ratchet might just get the chance to make his mark. Ratchet's role model is Captain Quark (Jim Ward), who leads the Rangers but is thirsty for an even brighter spotlight. Drek takes advantage of this and manages to lure Quark to the dark side; will right prevail over might?

Is it any good?

This movie is fun and will no doubt appeal to audiences familiar with the PlayStation video game franchise it's based on. But it sure isn't deep, and its heartfelt messages about teamwork and doing what's right are somewhat diluted by an insistent sarcastic streak that, though funny at first, ultimately grows a little tiresome. The beauty of 3D, when done well, is that it can elevate a story with stunning graphics. But in this case, it feels a bit more like an afterthought. Ratchet and Clank plays like, yes, a video game: enjoyable but also forgettable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what Ratchet and Clank says about fame and fortune. The galaxy rangers are keenly aware of their popularity: Does that affect how they do their jobs? What are the pros and cons of being famous?

  • Does the fact that much of the movie's violence is cartoonish affect its impact? Are different types of media violence "better" than others?

  • How does the story show the importance of couragehumility, and teamwork? Why are those key character strengths?

  • Is Ratchet careless, enthusiastic, or a little bit of both? Is that okay? Do you consider him a role model?

  • Fans of the games the movie is based on: Which do you like better? Why? What did they change for the movie? What would you have done differently?

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