A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Exposure to playing in a band, getting a band back together.
Forgiveness is better than holding grudges.
Positive Role Models
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.
Some insulting language such as "clowns" and "scalawags."
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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