A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Intended for entertainment rather than education.
Working as a team, you can accomplish great things. Always believe in yourself and the ability of others. Lead by example.
Positive Role Models
Main character Missy has many great qualities. She understands that for the kids to be successful, they need to work together. Though she doesn't have any superpowers, Missy shows courage, is able to inspire and encourage the other kids through great leadership qualities. Wheels (so named because he uses a wheelchair) is the first superhero kid to speak to Missy and make her feel welcome. He's good with technology, is supportive of the other kids. A single dad raises a preteen daughter thoughtfully. Cast is very diverse. Adult superheroes bicker, seem more interested in showboating than in trying to be a team.
Violence & Scariness
Comical violence, including superheroes punching and slapping aliens. Kids perform martial arts-style combat moves on both aliens and human security guards. Several aliens get frozen and zapped with a laser. Some of the children stumble and accidently hurt one another. No one is seriously injured, no one dies. A girl's mother has died (not shown).
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"Oh my God" used as an exclamation. A child tells one of the aliens that it's the dumbest one he has met. One of the characters says she's a nobody.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that We Can Be Heroes is a follow-up to The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl and is set in the same world as Spy Kids. Like those movies, it centers on kids with special powers/abilities saving the day. Expect lots of comical violence, including aliens zapping superheroes, and superheroes punching aliens -- but (spoiler alert?) no one dies or is seriously injured. A man is raising his preteen daughter solo due to his wife's death (not shown). Language includes "oh my God" as an exclamation. The movie has strong messages about teamwork and believing in yourself. The main character, Missy (Yaya Gosselin), exemplifies courage and leadership as she helps the other kids in the movie come together. 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 follow-up to Robert Rodriguez' other superhero-kid movies is surprisingly fun and entertaining for the whole family. Normally, sequels aren't as good as the original, but We Can Be Heroes is much better than its direct predecessor, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. This film's storyline -- and quality -- is more akin to Spy Kids. While some of the acting can be a bit over the top, kids will very much enjoy the movie's adventure aspect, as well as all the different superpowers on display. And parents are likely to find themselves chuckling, too.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.