Parents' Guide to

The Main Event

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fun underdog story features comic wrestling moves, mayhem.

Movie NR 2020 101 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 14+

This should NOT be rated-G

My daughter (11) & I love watching love budget Kid Movies together but I was forced to turn this junk off in the first 20 mins. The Grandma played by Tichina Arnold from Martin was WAY over the top. I find it insane that even in the description her role is dumbed down to "flirtatious" grandma. She was sexualizing Cofi the wrestler on the TV. Here's some of her lines "That's one big sexy thing" , "oh please don't hurt that sexy body", omg he's so fine, he's about to do his peck dance"..... I'm sure she said more. But after the 3rd line, it was clear that there's about 1 hr of inappropriate BS coming my way so I turned it off.
age 7+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (8 ):

In this familiar story, there's enough adorableness (hero and friends), excitement (outrageous wrestling matches), and magic to engage young audiences who love watching underdogs soar. In The Main Event, all the usual elements are there: the bright, pretty girl who the whole school has a crush on; three bullies who pump themselves up by deflating the nerds; a Goliath-wannabe wrestling opponent; and a dad who doesn't quite know how to bond with his son after the devastating departure of his wife. Leo even has his own teachable moment when he gets too full of himself and almost blows his chance at being a budding school star.

The movie has a "homemade" feel -- rudimentary special effects, less-than-stellar acting from some -- but there's lots of rooting interest, some funny moments, and the audience is right there with Leo when he realizes he doesn't really need the mask to be special.

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