Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Uneven spoof has swearing, comic violence, sexual humor.
  • PG-13
  • 2020
  • 123 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Dream big. Strive hard. Rebound from mistakes. Positive themes somewhat buried under crude humor and jokes based in stereotypes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Goofball hero has a good heart and follows his dreams. Heroine is loyal, compassionate, brave, and honest. A number of Icelandic citizens are stereotyped as unsophisticated, coarse bumpkins. Some LGBTQ stereotyping.

Violence

All action is over the top and intended as comic: falls, a runaway human "hamster wheel," a character stabbed in the back, dumped portable potties, an attempted garroting. A boat explodes, killing everyone on board (an arm is washed overboard). Scary image of a bloody ghost.

Sex

Sexual jokes and innuendo. "Will they or won't they?" is a theme. Penis humor, including size, stuffing costume to appear large, and nude statues with genitalia. Characters wake up together; audience is left to question what happened before. 

Language

Profanity includes "s--t," "balls," "goddamn," "penis," and one "f--k." Silly sexual references: "ding-dong," "sex machine," "B.D.E." (Big D--k Energy).

Consumerism

Starbucks.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking (beer, wine, champagne); one instance of drunkenness (vomiting). Mention of opiates.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is a broad comedy starring Will Ferrell. It focuses on the annual Eurovision Song Contest, a hugely popular European musical competition established in 1956. As he did in both Blades of Glory (ice skating) and Anchorman (TV news), Ferrell again plays a buffoonish character who wreaks havoc and unleashes stereotypes for big laughs. You can expect the usual outrageously silly "violence": a knifing, a tragic boat explosion with the requisite severed arm, falls, and upended portable toilets. Humor is also based in sexual jokes, innuendo, LGBTQ clichés, and a preoccupation with penis size (with visuals of nude statues). Characters kiss and wake up in bed with one another in "maybe they did, or maybe they didn't" moments. Strong language includes "s--t," "goddamn," "crap," "ding-dong," and other euphemisms for penis, plus "f--k" and "balls." Adults drink in multiple scenes, with one instance of vomiting from drunkenness. 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAlexanderHamiltonfan July 11, 2020

A mature movie but very funny

This movie is very funny! I loved every moment of it. The suggestive scenes are tackled in a humor/laughing way which I thought really smoothed it out. But some... Continue reading
Parent of a 12, 14, and 16-year-old Written byMauracd July 12, 2020

Very silly, warm-hearted and funny

If you’re a fan of the Icelandic mystery series “Trapped” on Amazon, you’ll love seeing all the same actors! But seriously...the premise of this movie is absur... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byKAPrincess31 July 7, 2020

My Top 5 for Will Ferrell

This movie is so funny and creative that it is one of my favorite Will Ferrell movies. I love the laughs, original songs, and diversity all put together into a... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byIRiley July 11, 2020

Hilarious

It had a great soundtrack, and was really entertaining cheesy fun. My favorite Will Ferrell movie!

What's the story?

The lifetime goal of Lars Erickssong (Will Ferrell) is to participate and win Europe's most important annual singing competition in EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA. Still living at home with his disapproving dad (Pierce Brosnan) in a small town in Iceland, Lars and childhood best friend Sigrit Erickssdottir (Rachel McAdams) have worked for decades to make Fire Saga, their band, a worthy competitor. In Lars' mind, 2020 will be their year to shine. Sigrit's beautiful voice, however, cannot compensate for her partner's limited talent and propensity for messing up. A fluke gets them into Iceland's regional finals. A tragic explosion sends them to Edinburgh, Scotland, as Iceland's entry. Complicating their quest for the championship is Sigrit's longstanding but unspoken love for the clueless Lars, as well as an unsettling connection (for Lars) with Alexander Lemtov (Dan Stevens), a Russian singer with a yen for Sigrit.

Is it any good?

The filmmakers and high-spirited cast simply can't sustain more than two hours of comic frenzy along with tired sexual jokes and stereotypes in this sometimes funny, crude spoof. Though there are some musical highlights (Demi Lovato makes a surprising appearance, and Molly Sanden, voice performer for McAdams, is wonderful), there are too many exquisitely awful songs in the mix as well. Ferrell's devoted following and fans of over-the-top goofiness will still find much to like, but judicious editing plus a little less of Ferrell's man-child persona and Dan Stevens' sleaziness might have taken Eurovision Song Contest up a notch. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in this movie. Was it meant to be realistic and disturbing, or cartoon-like? How can you tell? What is the impact of different types of media violence on kids?  

  • What does the term "predictable" mean when it applies to movies? When did you know how Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga would end? Do you think it's OK for a movie to be predictable if taking the journey with the characters is entertaining or enlightening? Why or why not?

  • Were you aware of the Eurovision Song Contest before you saw the film? If you weren't, did the movie work anyway? What are some of the universal characteristics of talent competitions that evoke humor? Find out more about the famous competition, whose past winners include ABBA (1974) and Celine Dion (1988).

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