Miraculous: Ladybug & Cat Noir, The Movie parents guide

Miraculous: Ladybug & Cat Noir, The Movie Parent Guide

For young kids, this movie offers exciting action and positive messages. For adults, it's almost totally unwatchable.

Overall B

Netflix: Two heroes, granted their powers by magical gems, must learn to work together to protect Paris from a growing evil. (Also released as "Ladybug & Cat Noir: Awakening".

Release date July 28, 2023

Violence B
Sexual Content A
Profanity A
Substance Use A-

Why is Miraculous: Ladybug & Cat Noir, The Movie rated PG? The MPAA rated Miraculous: Ladybug & Cat Noir, The Movie PG for action, some thematic elements, and brief smoking.

Run Time: 105 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Awkward teenager Marinette (Cristina Valenzuela) just wants to get through high school without drawing any attention to herself, despite her extreme clumsiness. But after a chance encounter with a mysterious man, she receives a Miraculous gem, which transforms her into Ladybug, a superhero with the power of creation. While trying to figure out her powers, Ladybug meets Cat Noir (Bryce Papenbrook), who has the power of destruction. They soon discover that their powers are stronger together, so they team up to protect Paris from chaotic events, which seem to be occurring with greater frequency.

I had some vague awareness that the Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir TV show existed thanks to the fact I work around children, but I had never watched it since my son wasn’t interested. Luckily for me, watching the series is unnecessary as the film stands alone and serves as an origin story for the titular characters. Not so luckily for me, it’s not very good.

Obviously, this production is aimed at young children; not curmudgeonly millennials, so I recognize that my opinions are of limited relevance. But I also get paid for my opinions, so here they are anyway. This film is basically unwatchable for adults. It is badly written, the musical numbers are terrible, and the production quality is low. It’s been a while since I gave the inside of my head a good inspection, so I guess I can thank this movie for 90 minutes of rolling my eyes.

Marinette is an absolutely insufferable character. She’s so uncoordinated that she can’t function at a basic level, which is so frustrating and unrelatable. The whole “really clumsy teen girl” is a tired trope that needs to retire. Girls can have personalities outside of being ungainly! The other characters don’t fare much better, mostly falling into flat stereotypes. Adrien has the personality of white bread and the villain, Hawkmouth (Keith Silverstein), has a motivation that takes a bit of stretching to be believable. The overall plot is fine, if predictable, though the worldbuilding is a bit convoluted for newcomers to the franchise. I did not expect it to be a musical, and boy I sure wish it wasn’t. The songs are bland and forgettable with obvious lyrics that over explain what characters are feeling.

That said, for young fans of the show it is an exciting action flick with some decent messages about the power of love and overcoming fear. It also doesn’t have much negative content outside of some mild superhero violence and a brief shot of an adult character smoking (it is France, after all!). These positives make it an okay choice for young, interested audiences, but this is definitely one that adults will want to sit out. Maybe to have a nap on the couch while the children are distracted. Wouldn’t that be miraculous?

Directed by Jeremy Zag. Starring Cristina Valenzuela, Bryce Papenbrook, Keith Silverstein. Running time: 105 minutes. Theatrical release July 28, 2023. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Miraculous: Ladybug & Cat Noir, The Movie rated PG? Miraculous: Ladybug & Cat Noir, The Movie is rated PG by the MPAA for action, some thematic elements, and brief smoking.

Violence: There is mild superhero violence throughout including fist fighting, explosions, magical powers, and bombs. A character is knocked unconscious. A character is choked.
Sexual Content: None.
Profanity: The script contains some mild insults and a single term of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: An adult character is briefly seen smoking. An adult character is offered champagne.

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Why is Marinette so fearful and how does she learn to overcome those fears?

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There is a library full of books about kids with superpowers. For some fun options, check these out. The Day I Lost My Superpowers by Michael Excoffier and illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo features a little girl who believes she has superpowers and practices to develop them. A brother and sister spend their days thwarting evil in Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime! written by Lisa Mantchev and illustrated by Samantha Cotterill. A young girl feels overshadowed by her friends’ talents in What’s My Superpower?, written by Aviaq Johnston and illustrated by Tim Mack. Written by Shelly Becker and illustrated by Eda Kaban, Even Superheroes Have Bad Days gives kids a template for managing super-sized emotions. Kids who enjoy this book can on to the sequel, Even Superheroes Make Mistakes, in which our superheroes learn to take responsibility and set things right. Kids who are crafting their own superhero world will want to get it right. They can read Ten Rules of Being a Superhero by Deb Pilutti or Superhero Instruction Manual by Kristy Dempsey and Mark Fearing. Slightly older kids who want a longer story can dive into Roald Dahl’s classic novel, Matilda, and follow the adventures of its fiercely intelligent titular protagonist. Kate DiCamillo doesn’t feature a kid with powers but a girl who befriends a squirrel with powers in Flora & Ulysses.

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