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The Bad Guys: A Very Bad Holiday

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Book-inspired short film has cartoon violence, mild insults.

Movie NR 2023 25 minutes
The Bad Guys: A Very Bad Holiday movie poster: Christmas baddies.

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age 6+

Based on 3 parent reviews

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age 7+

Big Christmas Heist Turns into a Heist for Good. Feels OK for Kids 7+

The Bad Guys: A Very Bad Holiday is a prequel to the 2022 heist film The Bad Guys. The film's prequel talks about how Wolf and his pals try to keep their Christmas morning bank heist in motion after Christmas was unexpectedly canceled (all because of a stupid balloon!) But the road to un-cancelling Christmas takes a violent turn. Tarantula aka Webs opens up the radio and booms out rock music. Shark and a DJ fight while Tarantula and Piranha are at the radio station feed putting on a "sweet holiday mix." A fire happens once Wolf and the gang untie the balloon from their getaway car. Tarantula's robot Roboclaus shoots out fire from his hands. An ice machine goes out of control once Wolf spins the dial up, causing a spinning vortex that will "suck up all surrounding life." All of the scariness takes out one star. Shark's clothes get out once he gets in the vortex. He says, "Cover your eyes! Don't look at me!" But they don't. Also has rude language such as brat, freak, gross, and normies. Wolf and his pals want shops and banks to close so they can rob them on Christmas morning. That also takes out one star. But there is some good content in this film/book. It talks about "giving" which is being good. Wolf and his pals always stick together in situations. The Bad Guys could be positive role models. They give presents to unexpected people's houses. And there's no romance or drugs because, look on the bright side, this is a kid's movie! That's my message to y'all directors and producers who do all that kind of stuff! I recommend this to ages 7 and up because I hate the violence in this film/book.

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This very funny short film has enough goofy dialogues to make you want to hit replay after its 25 minutes ends, just to see what you might have missed. There's a certain mature humor to The Bad Guys: A Very Bad Holiday that also won't be lost on kids. A security guard with daddy issues, characters who want to be bad but are actually good deep down, and the shame the "bad guys" feel when Santa puts them on his nice list are all laughable scenarios. This action-packed tale lampoons the way people seem to have no resistance to feel-good Christmas tunes or a snowy holiday ambiance, but it does so in the spirit of an inside joke built around a warm familiarity. We're laughing at ourselves too, and that feels good.

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