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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Soccer-themed story has strong message, some iffy humor.

Movie PG 2014 106 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

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age 11+

Not really great for kids

The movie starts out with the premise that the story needs to be told as a motivation for a child to persevere. The fairy-tale nature aside, the actual plot of the movie is quite far-fetched, since the one positive character trait is overshadowed by players bickering, characters making decisions that seemingly make no sense, the antagonist's strange obsession with a soccer foosball table, a little mad scientist action, and a not-so-obvious to a young child visual bad-language pun. Along with that, the fact that it's apparently an international movie makes the speech abnormally fast-paced, so it's not entirely pleasant to feel like the movie is running at 1.5x speed. So, not the best when you would like a child to remain generally calm by the end of the film. And somehow by the end of the movie, the main character (father) seems to have dubiously convinced his son to arbitrarily "not quit", though providing no actual reward for the virtue of perseverance. Overall, it's not the worst movie, but I would recommend to anyone else to turn aside. It may be surface inspiring, but whatever positive message could have been is lost in the flimsy plot.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

While it isn't a Pixar movie, this film does an entertaining take on the by-now familiar Pixar formula. Unlikely objects -- in this case, foosball players -- come to life and are voiced by known performers (in this case, John Leguizamo and Bobby Moynihan, among others) who provide comic relief by talking in exaggerated accents and dialects while a bigger message about not being a bully and being a good sport emerges. And like a Pixar movie, Underdogs has excellent animation, character voices that aren't cringe-worthy, and a ton of creativity.

While some of the iffy humor and cartoon pratfall violence make this a bit much for young kids, older kids and parents will find much to enjoy in the story, style, and humor. The sullen and silent teen character named "Emo" alone is worth repeated chuckles. Also, without spoiling anything, the movie's ending offers a creative twist on sports movie endings and does a nice job of tying in the movie's overall message.

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