A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that, much like Regular Show, Regular Show: The Movie is full of far-fetched scenarios and story tangents. There's a lot of cartoon violence, including some fistfights, explosions, the use of hand-held blasters, and the disintegration of some characters. Language is marginal ("stupid," "butt," and the like), and the characters sometimes act on selfish or vengeful urges. That said, a main character realizes when his actions affect others in a negative way and attempts to set things right in the end.
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What's the story?
REGULAR SHOW: THE MOVIE catches up with best friends Mordecai (voiced by J.G. Quintel) and Rigby (William Salyers) as they're visited by Rigby's future self, who brings a dire warning. Unbeknownst to them at the time, a high school science experiment went awry and created a "Timenado," opening portals throughout the world and sending civilization hurtling toward utter destruction. Now Mordecai and Rigby must travel back in time themselves, revisiting their old stomping grounds and eliminating the threat before it begins. Meanwhile an evil volleyball coach (Jason Mantzoukas) with an ax to grind with Rigby plots his own revenge on his high school nemesis.
Is it any good?
This movie is every bit as meandering and bizarre as is the TV series, which should please fans who like its creative animation and quirky characters. Aside from the cartoonish violence, it dials down iffy content that sometimes plagues the show. You definitely have to set aside your grasp of reality to really get into the story, but that's just part of the fun.
On a more cerebral level, Rigby's journey into his past presents him with an opportunity to change the course of his life, but it's at a cost. It's an interesting point to consider and could provide some talking points about setting and achieving goals and being resilient after unexpected forks in the road.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the appeal of fantasy cartoons such as this one. Why is it fun to imagine the world much differently from how it really is? In so doing, can you identify ways to make the real world better?
If you had the opportunity to alter one aspect of your past, would you? How are we shaped by our experiences, both good and bad?
Do popular TV shows always translate to enjoyable movies? What examples can you think of that have succeeded? That have failed? What shows would you like to see done in a longer format?
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