VeggieTales: Celery Night Fever

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Lively Christian tale tackles friendship and forgiveness.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 45 minutes

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Educational Value

Exposure to playing in a band, getting a band back together.

Positive Messages

Forgiveness is better than holding grudges.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are well-intentioned but realistically flawed. Though one scene involves a friend telling a friend angrily that she will no longer be his friend, which could be a little intense for more sensitive kids, the characters eventually work to mend damaged relationships.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language

Some insulting language such as "clowns" and "scalawags." 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that VeggieTales: Celery Night Fever teaches the value of forgiveness through a story of friends holding grudges. There's one scene of a dissolving friendship that could be a little intense for sensitive kids (a girl angrily tells a boy she will no longer be his friend in spite of his protests) and some insulting language such as "clowns" and "scalawags," but it's mainly very silly and light, with catchy songs. Though this is a Christian film, the message that we should forgive because God forgives sinners doesn't appear until the end in discussions, a song, and a Bible verse. For kids who are raised in other faiths or in secular households, these mentions may require further discussion, but it's possible they are subtle enough to go unnoticed. 

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What's the story?

Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato tell a tale of friendship and forgiveness to help viewer Jason understand why it's important to forgive his younger brother even when he steals his bike and gives it a flat tire. Their story concerns an old disco band called the Groovy Brothers, who broke up over a longstanding feud. Now that the town's Celery Park is under threat of being razed for a strip mall, Groovy granddaughter Laura tries to get the band back together to raise funds to save the park. But when she learns the band has been holding grudges against each other for years, she must confront a grudge she's been holding, too.

Is it any good?

VEGGIETALES: CELERY NIGHT FEVER is upbeat, funny, silly, and full of really catchy songs that kids will love to dance to. The well-paced storytelling keeps the action moving, and the lessons here are indisputably valuable -- in this case, it's much better to forgive and keep a friend than hold a grudge and lose one. There is some very minor insulting language, and one scene -- wherein Laura tells Junior she simply won't be his friend anymore -- that may be a bit intense for very young kids. But for most families, this is a no-brainer of wholesome entertainment; the only caveat is for families of other faiths or who are secular, as the religious references may warrant some explanation.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about forgiveness. Have you ever been mad at a friend? What happened? Did you forgive him or her?

  • Why do some of the people in the show hold a grudge? Do you ever hold grudges? How is a grudge different from simply being mad or upset?

  • What are some ways we can be good friends, even when our friends do things to upset us?

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