DC League of Super-Pets Parent Guide
This movie doesn't have any superpowers but it provides undemanding entertainment for viewers of all ages.
Parent Movie Review
Krypto the Superdog (Dwayne Johnson) and Superman (John Krasinski) have been inseparable their whole lives, but when Supes decides to take his relationship with Lois Lane (Olivia Wilde) up a level, Krypto starts to feel a little left out. When an evil guinea pig named Lulu (Kate McKinnon) kidnaps Superman, Krypto will have to team up with a group of newly superpowered pets to save his favorite superhero, and maybe the whole world along the way.
Setting aside the movie for a moment, can we just take a second to appreciate this cast? Natasha Lyonne, Marc Maron, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Schwartz, and Jemaine Clements all supporting powerhouses like Dwayne Johnson and Kate McKinnon in one movie? And Keanu Reeves voicing the best Batman since Will Arnett? I am in awe. I hope whoever cast this film got a pay raise because this is one of the best voice casts I’ve ever seen.
The immense level of acting talent aside, let’s talk about the movie itself. I expected it to be terrible, I really did. I try to not have preconceived opinions before walking into a screening, but the trailers looked juvenile and cash grabby. I am pleased to announce that the trailers did not do this film justice. Yes, this was produced with a young audience in mind, so the plot is simplistic and the themes surface level. But the humor is on point, the characters are fun, and there are enough meta jokes to keep the adults entertained. The theatre I was in had people of a variety of ages and everyone was laughing and enjoying themselves.
The film’s messages are also simple, but they are important. Krypto learns that he is more powerful when he cooperates with his team and that loving Superman means letting him have some space sometimes. The various super pets learn self-confidence and teamwork as they strive to control their new powers. In a world full of superhero content, it’s nice to see a movie that a wide audience can enjoy, as opposed to the more gritty and dark productions DC has been known for recently. The only content concern of note is the level of violence, but the fantastical situations keep the violence unrealistic enough to lower the fear factor.
League of Super-Pets doesn’t have cinematic superpowers. It’s not “faster than a speeding bullet” or “more powerful than a locomotive”. But it provides undemanding entertainment for family audiences and that’s always appreciated.Directed by Jared Stern and Sam Levine. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Vanessa Bayer, and John Krasinski.. Running time: 100 minutes. Theatrical release July 29, 2022. Updated July 29, 2022
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Rating & Content Info
Why is DC League of Super-Pets rated PG? DC League of Super-Pets is rated PG by the MPAA for action, mild violence, language, and rude humor.
Violence: There are frequent superpower battles which include kicking, punching, and the use of energy blasts. There is often a comic element and there are no injuries. A toddler is seen with bite marks on its arm, but this results from the child being saved by a dog. A dog tries to fly, only to fall and get hit by a car. Characters are threatened by gigantic creatures. Characters are trapped in a vehicle which is having explosives thrown at it. There are frequent scenes of peril but there is no sustained harm. Characters are caught in a burning building.
Sexual Content: There is rare suggestive material, including a mention about a woman “staying over” with a man. An adult couple kiss.
Profanity: There is some potty humor and jokes about dogs eating vomit. There is some mild crude language. Some profanity is implied when it is bleeped out or a sentence is cut short. There are some mild insults.
Page last updated July 29, 2022
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