Parents' Guide to

Sing

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Musical has great songs, slapstick laughs, mixed messages.

Movie PG 2016 108 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 79 parent reviews

age 4+

This Company Only Wants Your Money

The company that made this movie, Illumination, is an egotistical cash-grabbing fraud. If you have been reading reviews from this on CSM, there'll be many people saying 'Oh well it's a good movie' well it isn't. The least amount of effort has been put into this movie. Below I will explain how. 1. The Animation It's not like Illumination is the only movie that uses this kind of animation. Didney, Dreamworks, basically almost every company. But the thing I have with this movie on the animation front is the assets. They re-use the same models over and over again, they barely bother to even make them look good. They're simplistic at best, they try to pass them off as cute. Also there are the locations. They only bothered to design around five locations which are re-used for no affect. 2. Pandering This movie panders to around every audience. There's a character to pander to everyone. For stupid children there's the fat pig who's only good for the #epiclolz. For mother's there's a pig, with around twenty children who never became a popstar due to the... children, and a husband that is too bogged down in work to do anything. How she starts becoming a singer is a bit odd and a weird message, the husband can't take care of the young kids, so she leaves them? To become an egotistical megastar? Really? There's the arrogant mouse which everyone hates, he's also a rich megalomaniac who is genuinely talented but is just a bit of an idiot. He's voiced by Seth MacFarlane, and the character's goals are purely monetary, ironic coming from the Family Guy guy. For edgy teenage girls there's the punk, rock rebel... porcupine? The character was so bland I can't even remember. For those of us, like me, who are shy there's the elephant, who also has a stereotypical black family, so that covers two demographics. Then finally, my all-round favorite, for edgy teen boys like me, is the gorilla who tries to impress his father. Who's in prison. Who robs banks. Who's part of the mafia. Those are all words I just said. One of the things I thought about while going into this movie was 'With all the characters in the competition, who's going to win?' well apparently the idea of winning is too complex for Illumination, so everyone loses. I am not joking. 2. Plot This movie doesn't have a normal flow to it, with multiple characters with their own arcs and stories. To be honest it's a giant advert, most of the scenes are made just to have a funny moment in one of the trailers. I'm sure you've all seen the trailer where it's the singing montage with a song that everyone is guaranteed to know at least one of. I'm gonna stop right there because I'll just stick with my point that it's a massive advert. I mean, it has the same character progression and plot as an advert. So why do I care? These people genuinely didn't care about their characters and the only excuse for personalities is to have rich celebrity tie-ins like... umm, Seth MacFarlane, I know that one. I genuinely can't remember. This movie was so forgettable I literally can't remember anything. 4. Story So we're in spoiler territory here, but trust me watching this abomination with the idea of the plot in mind won't affect your abysmal enjoyment. So this koala is broke and comes up with a totally original idea of a singing competition. But because of a typing error that could have easily been avoided, the prize money is much larger than it actually is, so then the singing monsters, I mean montages and awful clusters of stories ensue, we all inevitably wait for the 'I Told You So' moment and the terribly contrived 'Follow Your Dreams' message is forcefully crammed in. Oh and there are Russian mobster bears which may be a bit offensive I literally forgot that and I won't bother to edit it in. 5. Morals The morality of this movie is awfully odd. They have the lessons that you should follow your dreams as I listed before, and the 'Don't Lie' message, which in itself is quite odd because after the koala lies, it turns out all fine in the end which may be excusable in small circumstances but he literally lied about a $100,000 prize. He could get done for fraud! Plus the whole mother getting into showbiz thing tries to make it out as if she's following her dreams, and I would accept it if her husband could look after the 20 kids, 24 to be exact, however he is working to hard to even care if her wife murdered their children. She abandons the children for fame driven by her abnormally large ego. All in all, Illumination put the lowest amount of effort into this film. The viewer should strive for more out of entertainment people! Wake up! Unless you want to allow this bland garbage then fine, go ahead, but I know me and other people alike want more from animation. Bye.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much consumerism
4 people found this helpful.
age 12+

Not what we want

My 9 year old watched the preview and said, ‘How is this a kids movie?’ That says it all. Adults kept telling her it’s a good story, just ignore the inappropriate parts...Really? This was an unfortunate waste of time and money by the studio and creators. Why are children cartoons even made if they have to ignore over 20-30 minuets of adult content?

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
4 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (79):
Kids say (115):

Featuring appealing covers of hit songs and an all-star cast, this cute animated comedy capitalizes on the craze for both talking-animal adventures and talent competitions. The movie may not have the substance of Inside Out or the overt messages of Zootopia, but, like Trolls, it's simple, with catchy pop music and jokes that are likely to make kids laugh. (Unlike Trolls, its take-aways aren't quite as thoroughly positive -- see below.) The musical numbers are by far the best part of the movie, including Jennifer Hudson-voiced renditions of "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight" to the piggy duet of "Shake It Off" (by Witherspoon and comedian Nick Kroll as a German boar called Gunter) to Kelly's show-stopping version of "Hallelujah."

The music is what makes Sing worth the price of admission, because, story- and theme-wise, there are a few missteps that keep it from greatness. Like, say, the depiction of Rosita's home life. She does everything for her 25 piglets, and her burnt-out husband (Nick Offerman) barely registers her. He's so checked out that he doesn't notice when she sets up a Rube-Goldberg contraption to keep the household working when she can't secure a babysitter to participate in the contest. And then there's poor Johnny, who desperately wants his criminal father's approval. A child wanting a parent to see them shine is wonderful, but did they have to make the father in question a bank robber? But if what you want is a bubbly diversion you''l find yourself singing along to after the credits roll, then Sing hits the spot. Just don't think about it too hard.

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