Parents' Guide to

The Lego Movie

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Hilarious toy tale plugs product but is nonstop fun.

Movie PG 2014 100 minutes
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age 7+

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age 4+

besst movie

stop hating this movie and bullying it
age 3+

know your child, but calm down!

To respond to the 'consumerism/advert for product' angle, what did anyone expect? Is is a film set in a fictional universe made of Lego, which is a child's play product. It seems pretty unreasonable to pay your money to sit in a multiplex cinema with your kids and complain about this stuff. It's a really good film that will definitely shift some merch, but Lego is an excellent toy, and I'll take that over a plastic Disney Princess figure any day. Is the film a bit frantic? Yes, I think it is, and it depends on your kids- I suspect the DVD will be better for some, as the volume can be adjusted and you can take breaks if needed. My little girl adored it in the cinema and grasped a surprising amount of the plot, but she's not unsettled by load or fast-paced stuff. The film has been constructed (pun intended) to charm parents and kids, in the hope of becoming a family favourite, and it does a good job if you allow yourself to be entertained. It's total fluff and very tame when it comes to supposed 'off colour' gags, which of course will only make sense to anyone old enough to understand them. The 'violence' is there, but again, nothing 'dies', there's no blood, and the peril is interspersed with jokes and silliness to take it down a peg. Again, it's up to parents to know their kids. I think it's a shame when people impose their adult perspectives (political, social etc.) on things like this film. Kids aren't kids for long, but adults for a long while, and being an adult comes with all these concerns whether you like it or not. Talk to your kids and have a balanced view, and your kids will grow up to be balanced too, without having stupid hissy fits over every single thing that jars mildly with their world-view. Isolated things will not damage them, why not let them enjoy it and just temper with guiding principles as they grow up? Isn't that parenting? If you think your kid will like it, they probably will. And if they do...just let them!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Movies based on toys aren't ever this good, and it's a testament to the veteran animation filmmakers that this one is so smart, humorous, and visually fun to watch. The perfect cast of voice actors completely embodies their Lego counterparts: Pratt's adorable earnestness is legendary to any Parks and Recreation fan; Banks is a go-to girl-power voice; Arnett sounds exactly like Michael Keaton's Batman; and Freeman, Neeson, and Ferrell are master voice actors. But The Lego Movie is not just your typical animated adventure; there are real messages and sophisticated criticisms of popular culture and consumerism (rather subversive -- or very, very smart -- for a movie tied to a multi-billion-dollar toy company).

Like Luke Skywalker or Harry Potter or Neo, Emmet embarks on the archetypal hero's journey -– complete with his own mystical guide (Vitruvius), intelligent and fierce love interest (Wyldstyle), and larger than life nemesis (Business). Along the way, Emmet bumps into a cadre of hilariously depicted minifigures, from superheroes to historical legends, like Shakespeare and Lincoln. The story contains various brilliant cameos, laugh-aloud one liners, and a live-action interlude that is surprisingly touching. Families with kids of all ages will love this reminder of the joy of playing and laughing together.

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