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The Lego Movie

Released

Latest Home Video

Jun 17, 2014

MPAA Rating:

PG


Run Time:

101

Director

Phil Lord

Chris Miller

Chris McKay

Cast

Morgan Freeman

Elizabeth Banks

Will Arnett

Chris Pratt

Studio

2014 Warner Brothers

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Still shot from the movie: The Lego Movie.

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Overall A
ViolenceB-
SexB+
LanguageA-
Drugs/AlcoholA
Run Time101

Making the Grades

The Lego Movie uses building blocks to pose an interesting dilemma: When do you follow the instructions and when do you disregard them?

When builders first started snapping the colorful blocks together in the 1950s, there weren’t a lot of instructions—or a lot of options when it came to the pieces. Things have changed dramatically in the last 60 years. Now Lego blocks come in kits with specific instructions for constructing the item shown on the outside of the box. For those who like order in their lives, this marketing approach is perfect. Unfortunately, those who want to use their own imaginations may find the instructions to be a little stifling.

In The Lego Movie, Emmett Brickowoski (voice of Chris Pratt) is one of those construction minifigures who follows the instruction booklet religiously. As a result of their coordinated efforts, he and the other construction characters are able to assemble impressive structures for their leader President Business (voice by Will Ferrell).

However, everything is not well in the Lego universe. And one day after Emmett mistakenly falls down a hole in the ground, he discovers an entire group of Master Builders. Among them are ninja fighter WyldStyle (voice of Elizabeth Banks), Batman (voice of Will Arnett), Superman (Channing Tatum) Unikitty (voice of Alison Brie), Gandalf (voice of Todd Hansen) and their leader Vitruvius (voice of Morgan Freeman). Vitruvius tells Emmett he is the chosen one—the Special Master Builder who will save everyone from the diabolical deeds of President Business and his Bad Cop (voice of Liam Nesom). But being called “special” is a pretty heady experience for this average guy.

We’ve seen plenty of toy-inspired movies lately like Transformers and G.I. Joe, although most of these franchises are aimed at an older crowd. So parents will be pleased to know The Lego Movie will likely be suitable for the slightly younger 8-and-up crowd. They won’t get all of the jokes, yet there are enough explosions, action and peril to keep the majority of kids entertained.

Surprisingly, it is adults who will probably have the most fun in this film, especially if they’ve played with Lego. It’s apparent someone behind this script knows his or her way around the toy. The items in the Hall of Relics are the kind of objects that mysteriously show up in the bottom of every Lego storage box: discarded bandages, misplaced game pieces, even a 9-volt battery. And the parade of Lego characters in this story includes a whole new set of figures, along with resurrecting some old ones.

With a creative marketing team behind the release, Warner Bros. and The Lego Group are set to further promote the movie by releasing 17 building sets based on scenes from the movie. They are also launching 16 new collectable minifigures including Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, Taco Tuesday Guy and Scribble-Face Bad Cop.

Because they are made of plastic and plastic doesn’t bleed, there’s no gore in this film. Still, there are explosions, simulated fire, bullets and some moments of peril for the little figures. At least one character also dies.

Luckily the real message of this story is about embracing your own creativity. While following the instructions has its place, Emmett discovers the real joy of building when he finally tosses the booklet aside.

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Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about The Lego Movie.

Why does Emmett want to believe he is special even though he is a very average guy? Why does Lord Business say that you don’t get a trophy for just showing up? How do he and other characters define someone who is not ordinary? What is your definition of special?

What does this film say about the importance of creativity? What have the master builders in this story done to hone their creative skills? When is following the instructions a better option? What are the limitations of only following the instruction booklet?

How are television and music portrayed in this movie? Why are they so “vanilla”? How can pop culture become so concerned with appealing to the masses that it loses all its imagination?

Learn more about the creative building blocks called LEGO.

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Canadian Movie Ratings

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G
AB G
MB G
ON G
QC G
NB
NS
NL
PE
G

Canadian Home Video Rating: G

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Home Video Notes: The Lego Movie

Release Date: 17 June 2014

The Lego Movie releases to home video in three packages:

- The Lego Movie (DVD)

- The Lego Movie (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Combo Pack)

- The Lego Movie: Everything is Awesome Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Digital HD + Vitruvius minifigure + Collectible 3D Emmet photo + Bonus 3D movie). Bonus extras in this package include:

- Feature Audio Commentary

- Batman: A True Artist

- Michelangelo and Lincoln: History Cops

- Enter the Ninjago

- Bringing LEGO to Life

- “Everything is Awesome” Sing-Along

- See it! Build it!

- Stories from the Story Team

- Fan-Made Films: Top Secret Submissions

- Outtakes and Deleted Scenes

- Alleyway Test

- Dream Job: Meet The LEGO Builders (Everything is Awesome Edition Exclusive)

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Neubie65 says: Jan. 22, 2014

My 3 year old and are huge fans of lego videos but sometimes they are too violent (killing, guns etc).  Can anyone say where the Lego movie stands in the spectrum of Lego (albeit limited) violence.  Clutch Powers = less violent.  Ninjago = too violent.

EMmom says: Feb. 08, 2014

I was nervous about taking my kids to see this movie based on the B- grade for violence. Thankfully I heard on KLOVE that they’re movie rather gave it a 4.5/5 stars for family friendliness. There is violence in here but it didn’t strike me as over the top. It definitely wasn’t the main focus of the movie. The movie has a really good message to it. The full message may be too complex for kids to understand everything (there is a twist at the end).  There were plenty of laughs for kids and adults to enjoy. My family found this movie I be very entertaining.

J says: Feb. 08, 2014

I saw the movie yesterday (2/8).  I think the rating above is correct, there is a tremendous amount of animated violence.  There is no gore, but there’s plenty of hitting, destruction, shooting, etc.  I haven’t seen Clutch Powers or Ninjago, but my sense is the movie is too violent for kids under the age of 8.  There’s a reason this is PG compared to say Toy Story (rated G). 

I would say the level of violence is comparable to The Incredibles (which got a C+ on this site)

A major character is killed, there are fights with weapons, destruction, and torture.  If your kids are already “shooting” with the lego toys, then this movie is probably just a super-exciting version of your kids imagination anyway.  For the littler ones… well… I won’t let my 3-year old see it for a few years.

All that being said, the movie was totally awesome for me!  I want to see it again.  It’s a blockbuster.  There is nothing wrong with the movie for mature kids, or families ready to discuss what happens in the movie (and the talk-it-over discussion topics are spot-on).

HBinOC says: Jun. 12, 2014

I thought this movie was way too violent, not at all like the Lego City"short films”, which are great. The only part I liked was the first 10 minutes. My (sensitive) 7 year old was really bothered by some of the actions…glueing down the parents and the beheading.

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