The Bad Guys

Movie review by Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Book-based animated heist is so fun, it's criminal.

PG 2022 100 minutes

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 29 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 38 reviews

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age 6+

A pleasant surprise

We were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed this one. Yes, there are a fair amount of fart and butt jokes including a running gag where the characters repeatedly argue about whether a space rock is shaped like a heart or a butt. But it was fun to watch the main characters -- The Bad Guys -- slowly realize the value of being good and struggle as they try to change their ways. Plenty of humor, action, and a great soundtrack as well.
14 people found this helpful.
age 5+

Really good family movie, even Dad laughed

They don't make many good kids movies, so we MUST support the ones that do get made. This one is solid......not much Politically Correct crap or indoctrination. And it's quite "clean". (We are very picky about that kind of stuff). It is a fast-moving plot, with lots of good humor. The message is about "bad" people who are destined to be bad finding their way to being good. But it's not too preachy. Kids under five will struggle with the plot and keeping up, also a lot of the jokes will go over their head. Our five year old enjoyed it but not sure how much of it he understood. Its "sweet spot" is ages six to twelve, but our thirteen year old liked it. Visually good and a solid offering.
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