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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Friendship, teamwork. Makes subtle comments about government policies on immigration, separating families, putting children in cages. Shows that it's OK to feel different sometimes, to feel like you don't always fit in. Satirizes basing one's self-worth on how many Instagram followers someone has and being "internet famous."
Positive Role Models
Lead characters display friendship and loyalty.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon violence throughout. Pratfalls, vehicle chases, accidents, crashes. Some peril: characters locked in cages, a forest fire threatens to engulf the lead characters and their new friends.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
While disguised as hippies, the bears drive a van with a license plate that reads "FR33 LUV."
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Products & Purchases
Based on a TV series.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that We Bare Bears: The Movie is a 2020 animated movie version of the popular Cartoon Network television show. Expect some cartoon pratfall violence: vehicle chases and accidents and slapstick calamities. There's also some peril: The bears must escape a forest fire. The movie makes a few subtle comments on government policies about border crossings, immigration, and children locked in cages, which younger kids won't pick up on. The story satirizes the desire for internet fame, and how people (or, in this instance, cutesy/weird animals) measure success in terms of how many millions of social media followers they have. While disguised as hippies, the bears drive a van with a license plate that reads "FR33 LUV." The movie has positive messages about how it's OK to be different and to feel like you don't always fit in. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a cute movie-length version of the popular Cartoon Network television show. The humor includes the slapstick pratfall violence of classic cartoons as well as satire about the desire to be "internet famous." There are some positive messages on how it's OK to be different, as well as some deeper and more subtle comments about government policies on immigration and the militarization of law enforcement. It's a story that can be as thoughtful as it is silly, and for that reason, it's a movie that can be enjoyed by kids, tweens, teens, and adults, if not for the same reasons.
What's somewhat disappointing, however, is the lack of any real breakthrough over-the-top comedy. It's especially surprising, considering that the cast is made up of many venerable figures and rising stars of the alt-comedy scene. Not that there aren't any funny moments -- there are -- but a cast of this caliber raises the expectations, and quite often these expectations aren't met. While it is a good movie, this lack of real-deal "LOL" moments is what keeps We Bare Bears: The Movie from being something that rises above standard contemporary animated fare intended for older kids and their dry-humored parents. Nonetheless, it's a fun, if formulaic, journey involving viral video fails and jokes "uhboot" Canada.
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