The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie



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.


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


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?


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.

The film has wedgie jokes for the kids, snarky humor, and music by the Flaming Lips, Wilco, The Shins, and Avril Lavigne, and some gentle lessons about compassion, loyalty, being yourself, and believing in yourself for parents. 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.

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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Parent of a 6, 8, and 10 year old Written byteamworkfun September 14, 2009

Fine for Teens, but not for tweens

Before I saw this movie, I had never seen an episode of Spongebob.Of course I had heard about it, but my kids never really expressed an interest. On day I was shopping for a fun movie for the family, and I decided we'd try out this movie. Sure the cover looked innocent enough, but the content was the exact opposite. The first problem was when Spongebob's pants fell off, reveling his naked bottom. I covered my 8yr old's eyes when that happened. My 6yr old, thank the lord in heaven, was not present, because the movie was PG. After that, I continued to watch the movie with my 10yr old daughter, and sent my 8yr old upstairs. Just when I thought everything was going fine, Patrick, the pink starfish, shows up on the screen naked, with a flag between is butt cheeks that read "Spongebob." I was shocked, thinking "how could they let that pass in a PG rated movie?!" I continued to watch the movie by myself, just to see what kind of content they put into the rest of the movie. I was appalled. Spongebob goes to a "nut bar" which clearly symbolizes a real bar, and they get drunk on ice cream, which is symbolizing alcohol. They rest of the movie was very violent, and I was really shocked. Unless you have older kids, stay away from this movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
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.
Kid, 9 years old May 1, 2011

One of my favorite movies!

Great Movie!It's just really great, though it's not my favorite.I love this movie, it could have some crude humor, but it's all played for laughs.King Neptune says D--n one time and there's one use of fr--king in the Goofy Goober Rock Song, but they're not very noticeable.I used to watch this movie when I was little, but I had no idea that Spongebob and Patrick were drunk, all because of ice cream.I didn't catch that part, and I didn't know about Drinking and stuff.To make this review short, a Great movie, Watch It!And this is sure to amuse Spongebob fans.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models


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