"THE LEGO MOVIE"
(2014) (voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Animated Action/Comedy: An unassuming LEGO minifigure finds himself pegged as the chosen one to save the world from a tyrannical madman.
- Emmet (voice of CHRIS PRATT) is an unassuming but cheerful LEGO minifigure who gets up in the morning, listens to the pop song "Everything is Awesome" on his way to work as a construction worker, and then heads home by himself to watch the sitcom "Where Are My Pants?" all operating under the belief that if he follows his society's instructions all will be fine. Little does he realize, however, that President Business (voice of WILL FERRELL) is planning on ending the world as Emmet and the rest of the worker bees know it with a weapon known as the KraGle. Nor does he have any idea that he's the prophesized "The Special," the most important person in the universe who's the only one who can stop President Business and his nefarious plan.
Emmet learns of this when he meets Wyldstyle (voice of ELIZABETH BANKS), a young Masterbuilder who believed she was "The Special" and thus isn't happy to discover that Emmet is the one. Nonetheless, she rescues him from the clutches of Bad Cop (voice of LIAM NEESON) -- who works for President Business -- and sets off with Emmet so that he can meet the wise prophet Vitruvius (voice of MORGAN FREEMAN) and figure out what to do. All three, however, run afoul once more of Bad Cop, with Wyldstyle self-absorbed and brooding boyfriend, Batman (voice of WILL ARNETT), having to sweep in and save them.
They then meet with a number of Masterbuilders including the ever optimistic Unikitty (voice of ALISON BRIE) and 1980s era spaceman Benny (voice of CHARLIE DAY) who simply wants to build a spaceship to save the day. Instead, it's up to Emmet to do that, even if he's far from being a Masterbuilder and has no idea what to do or how to stop the tyrant. But with time running out and their universe at stake, he does what he can with the help of his new friends to thwart President Business.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Younger kids probably will based on the look, while some teens might be interested once they hear that it's funnier than they might have expected.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For mild action and rude humor.
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