Teen Titans Go! To The Movies Parent Guide
If you are hoping for a masterpiece of children’s cinema…prepare to be disappointed.
Parent Movie Review
We all know what to expect from Saturday morning cartoons – lots of action, slapstick violence, minimal character development, and corny jokes. If that’s what you are looking for in Teen Titans Go! To the Movies you will get your money’s worth. If you are hoping for a masterpiece of children’s cinema…prepare to be disappointed.
Based on a TV show geared at five to eight year-olds, Teen Titans Go! To The Movies delivers a watered down plot which is overshadowed by cheap laughs and drawn out musical numbers. The story is centered on Robin (voiced by Scott Menville) and his pursuit to become a “real hero” with a tribute film. Aided by his friends Cyborg (voiced by Khary Payton), Starfire (voiced by Hynden Walch), Beast Boy (voiced by Greg Cipes), and Raven (voiced by Tara Strong), they attempt to thwart a real arch-nemesis: Slade (voiced by Will Arnett). When Robin’s narcissistic movie plans are rejected by Jade Wilson (voiced by Kristen Bell), a director at the cartoon world version of Warner Brothers, the gang try to cheer up a dispirited Robin by making him a home video. Offended by their jokes about his “baby hands”, Robin is an easy patsy for the super villain’s plan to take over the world with “mental manipulation”. Will Robin come to his senses and reunite with his friends? Will the Teen Titans be able to stop Slade?
The answer, of course, is yes. Still, parents might be surprised by how long it takes to get there. The movie is only 93 minutes long, yet adults and anyone who isn’t a fan of the franchise might feel like they have been sucked into the magical void that Robin’s friend, Raven, can create..
Aside from enduring their own boredom, parents will not have many concerns with this film. No drugs or alcohol are consumed by any characters (although adults might wish for some in the theater). There is no profanity but there is a lot of bathroom humor – the only part of the movie’s preview I attended which had lots of kids laughing out loud. And there’s no sexual content, except for one joke at the end, in which a character leans into the camera and tells the audience to ask their parents where babies come from. The only real issue is violence, but it is largely sanitized. It is the type of cartoon slapstick in which explosions only throw characters backwards, head injuries lack dangerous consequences, and bullets are as ineffectual as foam darts.
There are two exceptions to the relatively innocuous violence. The first is standard cartoon fare: little known DC character “The Atom” is repeatedly smashed, crushed, and otherwise smeared, although with no long term damage. The second is the most disturbing episode in the movie: an actor dressed as Slade is beaten extensively by the Titans – a scene that includes x-ray shots of a bone shattering and a large number of teeth being spewed onto the floor. The victim then weakly raises his bruised face and says “I’m only an actor! I’m Shia LaBeouf!”, at which point the beating recommences. This is played for laughs but the violence in the rest of the film is so mild that this bullying scene really stands out – and not in a good way.
One final note: out of the scores of movies I have watched, this is the only one where I have seen multiple people leave in the middle and not return. Teen Titans may get people to “Go! to the Movies” but they can’t make them stay once they arrive.Directed by Aaron Horvath, Peter Rida Michail. Starring Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, Tara Strong, Khary Payton . Running time: 89 minutes. Theatrical release July 27, 2018. Updated July 29, 2018
Teen Titans Go! To The Movies
Rating & Content Info
Why is Teen Titans Go! To The Movies rated PG? Teen Titans Go! To The Movies is rated PG by the MPAA for action and rude humor.
Violence: B- There is a lot of animated violence without gore. A giant pink balloon monster attacks a city, destroys buildings, and throws cars at police officers. The Teen Titans try to crash a movie premiere – one of the titans forces five attendees through a portal into a void to take their seats. They are never released from the portal. Atom, a very small superhero, is repeatedly stepped on or otherwise crushed. The main characters run over another character. They do not check on him but quickly leave the scene of the accident. The Teen Titans go back in time and tangle a baby Aquaman up in plastic and leave him in the water to die. There is a fight in mid-air and two characters are shot out of the sky: they are caught by two others. The main characters accidentally beat up an actor dressed as the villain, Slade. When they are told he is just an actor, not a super villain, they are remorseful. But when they are told he is Shia Labeouf, they resume the beating, mangling his legs and knocking out several teeth. This is played for laughs. The Titans weaken Superman with kryptonite and fight him. A stage light is dropped on a character’s head. A main character is clamped to a wall and the building is set on fire. He is left to die but escapes. There is an extended fight scene between the main characters and the villain and his giant robot.
Sexual Content: A- There is no sexual content. A few posteriors, including a bare baby’s bottom, are shown gyrating to music. At the end of the movie, Robin tells children in the audience to ask their parents where babies come from.
Profanity: A There is no profanity in the movie but there is a lot of bathroom humor, including a song about “pooping in the toilet”, an extended flatulence noise, and a joke about explosive diarrhea.
Alcohol / Drug Use: There is no alcohol or drug use in this film.
Page last updated July 29, 2018
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Teen Titans Go! To The Movies Parents' Guide
Robin and his friends go back in time to prevent the tragic events that led to the superhero careers of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman. Was this mission successful? If you could go back in time and change history, would you do it? What would you change? Do you think there could be unintended consequences?
News About "Teen Titans Go! To The Movies"
This movie is based on the characters from a DC Comic, that has been turned into a TV show and various other licensed merchandise.
The Teen Titans consist of Robin (Scott Menville), their leader, Starfire (Hynden Walch), an alien princess, Cyborg (Khary Payton), a half-human/half-robot, Raven (Tara Strong), a girl from the parallel world Azarath, and Beast Boy (Greg Cipes), a joker who can transform into various animals. In the theatrical movie, Will Arnett, Nicholas Cage and Kristen Bell also lend their voices talents.
From the Studio:
It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies-everyone but the Teen Titans, that is. But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously super villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line.
Written by Warner Bros. Pictures