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The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

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Very similar to the edgy animated TV show.
Popular with kids
  • Review Date: February 26, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

Some messages about compassion, loyalty, and being yourself tucked inside a whole bunch of silly behavior.

Positive role models

Mindy, King Neptune's daughter, is compassionate and smart. She doesn't want to see anyone get hurt, and uses her skills to help save the kingdom. Sponge Bob and Patrick are are the last guys you'd want saving the world. They are reckless, feckless and obnoxious -- but that's kind of the point.

Violence & scariness

Gets more violent and perilous as the movie progresses. From shoving, smacking, and stepping-on, to drunken knife fights and dagger-soled boots, there is a creative array of brutal stuff. Bullies act ruthlessly, threatening that "all bubble blowing babies will be beaten senseless." They follow up with punches a-plenty.

Sexy stuff

Characters shown in their underpants, use of body parts for gags. A female character is ogled, and Patrick dresses in stripper boots.

Language

Name-calling: "twit," "stupid," "dork," "ding-a-ling," "damning piece of evidence," and "Sponge Boob."

Consumerism

Commercial tie-ins with junk food and many other products.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Aped drunken behavior after SpongeBob and Patrick binge on ice cream. Real drunken behavior among tough guys in a bar. Beer, cigarettes, bottles of alcohol are consumed by bar patrons. Drunken brawls ensue.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie based on the TV character SpongeBob has cartoon violence with some mature elements -- including drunken knife fights -- that some parents may not feel comfortable with. Also, expect crude humor, name-calling, and many commercial tie-ins. Bikini Bottom seems to have an economy that is entirely fast-food-driven, which may pose a problem for families trying to teach children to eat sensibly.

What's the story?

Having conquered television, SpongeBob and the rest of the gang are taking on the big screen with their first feature-length film. When King Neptune's crown is stolen and Mr. Krabs is the main suspect, SpongeBob and his best friend, Patrick the starfish, leave the safety of Bikini Bottom and embark on an epic journey to Shell City on a mission to prove that Krabs is innocent.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The film has wedgie jokes for the kids, snarky humor, music by the Flaming Lips, Wilco, The Shins, and Avril Lavigne, and some gentle lessons about compassion, loyalty, and being yourself. What they don't do is find a way to benefit from the big screen. SpongeBob is as trippily goofy as ever, but it's still pretty much just a longer version of the television show.

The challenge of making a feature length film of the television series is creating a story that preserves the essentially silly nature of the stories while having enough narrative heft to sustain a paying audience's attention for an hour and a half. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: THE MOVIE gets pretty close. They glitz up the highly distinctive, but near-anonymous voice talent of the television series by adding some new characters voiced by Alec Baldwin, Jeffrey Tambor, and Scarlett Johansson, plus a guest live-action appearance by Baywatch icon David Hasselhoff.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes SpongeBob and his friends funny? Is the silliness all harmless fun, or are there some negative messages here?

  • Parents: Do your kids reenact some of the antics they see in this movie? What is your reaction to this?

  • Is it important that kids TV teach lessons, or is it OK to just entertain?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 19, 2004
DVD release date:March 1, 2005
Cast:Alec Baldwin, Jeffrey Tambor, Scarlett Johansson
Director:Stephen Hillenburg
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Friendship, Ocean creatures
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some mild crude humor

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Adult Written bycandaceandjadesmom09 April 9, 2008

it's not bad, its just silly stuff!

Spongebob is completely appropriate in my house. It really isn't bad, it's just plain silly! Silly stuff never hurt kids at all. It broke my daughter's heart to see so many parents denying Spongebob for being silly ( okay, maybe it's a little bad to call someone a boob) I'm not trying to say that the people who don't like their kids watching Spongebob are too protective or anything but, I think that some people need to WATCH Spongebob once in a while.
Adult Written byFireFire June 12, 2015

Think Real!

David Hasslehoff's cameo was great, but lets get to the film. Violence: Fighting. Sex: Stripper Boots that Patrick wears, Patrick likes Mindy. Language: Jackass used but so is name calling. Drugs: Getting drunk on ice cream. Now lets think, do the kids understand, all the adults do, but what about the kids, they find Spongebob a slapstick TV funny for watching. Whats so bad, Ok there are hidden innuendos in all of the film/TV Series but its fine for kids, It couldn't be bad for them becaude they wouldn't understand
Adult Written byAnAdult April 9, 2008

Wow, this is like overprotective central isn't it?

I guess my problem with some of the people on this page is this: HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU FIND SPONGEBOB INAPPROPRIATE? If you don't let your kids watch spongebob, then you better not let them watch Blue's Clues, cause they are about the same. And will everyone please stop with this "Negative Behavior" stuff?? Its getting on my nerves. What you are doing right now is negative behavior. Just do your kids a favor and actually let them live a life. Seriously, when they get to middle school and everyone hears about how they arent allowed to watch spongebob, they will get made fun of and probably even beat up.

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