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Inside Look: A Tour of the Lego Store Experience
If you’re a fan of the iconic plastic building blocks, then you’ll definitely want to visit a Lego store. These stores offer much more than just sets and minifigures – they provide a unique experience that is sure to delight both kids and adults alike.
In this article, we’ll take an inside look at what you can expect when visiting a Lego store. From the colorful displays to exclusive sets, there’s something for everyone at these popular retail locations.
The Atmosphere of the Lego Store
From the moment you step into a Lego store, you’ll be greeted by an atmosphere that is both fun and inviting. Bright colors and playful decorations adorn the walls, while giant sculptures made entirely out of Legos tower over shoppers.
The stores are designed with kids in mind, but adults will appreciate the attention to detail as well. It’s easy to get lost in all the different displays and interactive features available throughout the store.
One highlight of any visit to a Lego store is the Pick-a-Brick wall. This wall features dozens of containers filled with various types of bricks in every color imaginable. Shoppers can fill up cups with their favorite pieces and use them to build their own creations or add them to existing sets.
Exclusive Sets and Products
Lego stores are known for offering exclusive sets that can’t be found anywhere else. These limited edition sets often feature popular characters from movies or TV shows, such as Star Wars or Harry Potter.
In addition to exclusive sets, Lego stores also carry products that aren’t available anywhere else. This includes clothing items like t-shirts and hats featuring popular minifigures or logos.
Another unique product line found only in Lego stores is their line of customized minifigures. Shoppers can choose from hundreds of different pieces to create their own custom figures based on their favorite characters or personal interests.
Interactive Features and Activities
Lego stores are more than just retail locations – they’re also interactive spaces that offer a variety of activities for visitors. One popular feature is the Build-a-Minifigure station, where shoppers can create their own custom minifigures using a wide selection of parts.
The stores also offer regular building events and workshops, where visitors can learn new building techniques and get inspiration for their own creations. These events are often aimed at kids, but adults are welcome to participate as well.
Another popular activity is the Lego Master Builder Bar, where shoppers can meet with expert builders to learn tips and tricks for building their own creations. This is a great way to get personalized advice from some of the best builders in the world.
Customer Service and Support
Finally, one of the best things about visiting a Lego store is the customer service and support provided by staff members. Whether you need help finding a specific set or just have questions about building techniques, there’s always someone available to assist you.
In addition to in-store support, Lego stores also offer online resources like building instructions and customer support forums. This makes it easy to get help with any issues you may encounter while building your sets at home.
A visit to a Lego store is more than just a shopping trip – it’s an immersive experience that offers something for everyone. From exclusive sets and products to interactive features and activities, there’s always something exciting happening at these popular retail locations. So whether you’re a longtime fan or just discovering the joy of Lego building, be sure to check out your local Lego store for an unforgettable experience.
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The Lego Movie (2014)
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- Sex & Nudity (6)
- Violence & Gore (20)
- Profanity (11)
- Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking (1)
- Frightening & Intense Scenes (3)
- Spoilers (10)
Sex & Nudity
- None 83 of 117 found this to have none Severity? None 83 Mild 22 Moderate 2 Severe 10 We were unable to submit your evaluation. Please try again later.
- In ones scene, a LEGO police officer states that a main character has Ben "convulsing with a strange piece" in which he replies, "that's disgusting!" Could be a reference to adult sex toys. Edit
- (NOTE: This is a LEGO "brickfilm", a movie that is filmed with LEGO figurines and bricks. There is no hint or content of or at genitalia, but there are some sexual references, though not explicitly stated.) Edit
- Wyldstyle says that Batman is her boyfriend and calls him "babe". Edit
- The main Lego character briefly walks out of his apartment naked. But, because the character is a LEGO figurine, he has no genitalia. Edit
- A running gag throughout the movie is that people are mesmerized by a repetitive and poorly-written TV show in which a man can't find his pants, and walks around in what appears to be thong underwear. Of course, being made of LEGOs, the man has no genitalia. Edit
- Lando Calrissian remarks Wyldstyle as "a heavenly body". Only scene here that explicity states a sexual comment. Edit
Violence & Gore
- Mild 50 of 82 found this mild Severity? None 23 Mild 50 Moderate 2 Severe 7 We were unable to submit your evaluation. Please try again later.
- This film dose have a high carnage count, but most of the deaths are robots and are not gory. They are shot, stabbed, arms ripped off (in a comical manner), head torn off (again, in a comical fashion), and bashed to pieces. Edit
- Robots almost tear off Emmet's torso. Edit
- Master builders are probed for instructions. If they don't obey, they get shocked. A LEGO skeleton can be seen with the characters in pain. Edit
- (NOTE: This is a LEGO "brickfilm", so there is no blood and and little or no gore.) Edit
- Several fights between LEGO characters including punching and flipping, this is also nonviolent and meant to have a cartoon feel. Edit
- Vitruvius's head is cut off with a coin and dies (the whole scene is mostly comical and non-gory). Edit
- In a car chase, Deputy figures fire automatic weapons with plastic lasers at a male figure (he is struck, the outcome is shown later). Edit
- A nearby wall falls on a robot (We see the severed head). Edit
- A police figure drives his cruiser across the tops of moving train cars, shoots out a trestle, and causes three other figures to fall off the bridge and onto the ground (they are unharmed). Edit
- In two scenes, Lucy and Emmett from robot attacks by using karate kicks and punches to knock down the attackers (One is stabbed through the chest, but the sword is penetrating from the legs; another one has it's arms dismembered). Edit
- Bad Cop chases a construction worker and a freedom fighter on foot; other cops join Bad Cop and they all shoot plastic pieces (lasers) at the two, simulating handguns and automatic rifles, hitting no one; the construction worker falls off a motorcycle (no injury is visible). Edit
- Bad Cop arrests several figures as other cops handcuff them and lead them away to a skyscraper; cops chain the captives, stand them in small compartments and shock them with electricity. We see sparks as they shout in pain. Edit
- Lord Business orders his computer mainframe to "destroy everyone" with a time bomb. Edit
- A horde of robots attack and glue many civilians, while others are fighting them with makeshift machines. Edit
- Emmett builds a giant mechanized robot and attacks a horde of robots alongside others Edit
- In a Old West bar scene, LEGO figures break bottles and chairs over each other's heads (This is meant to be comical). Edit
- MetalBeard and his crew are shown fighting against robots (He ends up getting out with his head and organs [we see the outline of the organs]). Edit
- The Man Upstairs is shown dismantling parts and putting them back (All of it is then shown through the LEGO world). Edit
- A laser is shown pointed towards Emmett, and there is no impact (We do see signs of pain). Edit
- A hovercraft shaped like a LEGO 2x2 brick explodes (No violence, however a person is shown flying from the wreckage). Edit
- None 58 of 94 found this to have none Severity? None 58 Mild 26 Moderate 3 Severe 7 We were unable to submit your evaluation. Please try again later.
- Batman and MetalBeard both say the slang term "crap" as exclamations Edit
- Towards the end a micromanager is chasing a woman with cats then says stay the hell still Edit
- BadCop says "darn, darn, darn, darny, darn Edit
- Emmet says "Oh, my...". Then Emmet spells "G-O-S-H". Edit
- One incomplete "what the-". Edit
- Lord business says b00b in the beginning Edit
- Uses of "darn", "crap", "what the heck!", "hippy dippy baloney", "old man" is used as an insult. Edit
- Death threats are said (although infrequently) such as "rest in pieces", "we'll kill ya!", "I just want to throw someone out this window!". There are phrases in this movie you probably don't want your younger child to repeat. Edit
- 5 mild anatomical terms, 14 mild obscenities, 7 altered religious exclamations (e.g., "Oh my Gosh"), and quite a few minced oaths (e.g., dang, darn, darny darn, Oh man!, kill, heck, Wow, gosh, et al.) Edit
- Name-calling (hippy dippy baloney, stupid, crazy, insane, dumb, loser, lame, ding dong, dorky, old man, useless, liar, cowardly, special snowflake, unspecial and weird.) Edit
- Stereotypical (though unoffensive) references to wizards, heroes, Big Business CEOs, Big Oil, women, men, followers, the police, cats, Mexicans, the Scottish, TV personalities, micromanagers and controlling fathers. Edit
Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking
- None 68 of 81 found this to have none Severity? None 68 Mild 6 Moderate 0 Severe 7 We were unable to submit your evaluation. Please try again later.
- Cowboy figures drink from glasses of what may be beer in a saloon scene. In that same scene a character spits into a spittoon but the use of chewing tobacco is not implied. Edit
Frightening & Intense Scenes
- Mild 48 of 90 found this mild Severity? None 29 Mild 48 Moderate 4 Severe 9 We were unable to submit your evaluation. Please try again later.
- Emmett falls through a completely, grotesquely, distorted hole after saving his friends, his whole vision is grotesque. He then re-enters Bricksburg. Edit
- Cleopatra attempts suicide by holding a snake so it bites her. Played for laughs and will likely fly over most kids heads. Edit
- This movie is literally 1984 retold in Lego and with tons of humour. The story beats still remain almost the same, so this may unsettle some younger viewers. Edit
The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.
- Bad Cop ends up gluing his parents. Edit
- Lord Business decapitates Vitruvius, killing him. Edit
- Han Solo and other beloved characters from the Star Wars franchise are eaten by the Exogorth. Some sensitive/young fans of Star Wars may be offended/scared. Edit
- At the beginning, Vitruvius says the first lines, "He is coming! Cover your butt!" Edit
- There is a sequence of master builders being captured which can be distressing to viewers. Edit
- Emmet is implied to have sacrificed himself during the down-point of the film which may upset some viewers, he later comes back during the final battle Edit
- Part of Bad Cop's face (the Good Cop face) is erased using nail polish remover. After, his parents are frozen in place with Krazy Glue. Edit
- Emmett is interrogated by Bad cop and is taken to the "Melting Chamber". However, this entire scene is comical not meant to be scary. Edit
- Unikitty becomes very sad when Cloud Cucoland is destroyed. Edit
- Vitruvius is killed by decapitation. While not bloody or graphic, it is rather sad. He is reincarnated as a ghost, which is played for comedic effect. Edit
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Know your child, but calm down, the lego movie is more storyline in first part, when it's self-aware is when it shines, simultaneously the best and worst thing to happen to hollywood, too scary, great movie but not for little kids.
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The Lego Movie | 2014 | PG | - 1.3.2
SEX/NUDITY 1 - A male figure looks at a female figure and freezes, making a buzzing sound instead of talking: In two scenes, he sees her in a haze and wearing extra makeup as he imagines her saying she likes him; in one scene, they face each other and hold both sets of hands. Several male-female Lego couples hold hands in different scenes for about 2 seconds. ► A female figure says that a Batman figure is her boyfriend and she calls him "Baby," but they soon break up. A guard photocopies his bare bottom on a copy machine and we see only black holes in bricks on the copies; a pirate jumps out of the machine and tells the guard the rule is, "Never put your bottom in a pirate's face." ► A nude male Lego figure is shown in the shower and is covered by round plastic bubbles up to the waist (no anatomical details are seen). Two female Lego figures wear scoop-neck saloon gowns (no cleavage is seen since they have no gender details except long hair and eyelashes). A Lego man wears nothing from the waist-down in a TV Show called "Where are My Pants?" and has no genitals.
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Violent actions appear as if performed by actual Lego pieces; rushing water, fire, laser bolts, explosions, and smoke, all look like the plastic pieces in a Lego set. ► A wizard fights a CEO, who throws a sharp disk and cuts the wizard's head off; the head with glowing eyes speaks to another figure, then the eyes turn to black Xs and the wizard dies; the wizard returns as a ghost to give advice in three scenes, lowered into the shot on a wire, wearing eyes and a smile made with a black marker. ► Five deputies ride horses off a cliff and fall a long distance, after which we see a small amount of fire and black smoke, indicating the plastic figures and horses "died." In a car chase, sheriff's deputy figures fire automatic weapons with plastic bullets at a male figure (he is not struck); a nearby wall falls on another figure (we do not see the outcome). A police figure drives his cruiser across the tops of moving train cars, shoots out a trestle, and causes three other figures to fall off the bridge and onto the ground (they are unharmed). A male figure receives a shot to the back and complains of pain (no damage is shown). ► A Lego city falls into the sea and pieces of plastic float on top; several figures escape drowning by riding on a double-decker couch and a pirate ship retrieves them while others are picked out of the water by robots with silver skeleton ribs; the robots take the captives to an evil Think Tank and tie them up. ► Construction workers blow up two buildings that fall under small puffs of black smoke. A construction worker falls off a building and down a tunnel, shouting "Ouch!" several times; landing unhurt, he touches a glowing door and receives a buzzing shock with a flash of light that knocks him out; he awakens, chained to a chair and facing a menacing Bad Cop that shouts and throws things; the cop rotates his head to show Good Cop a few times, but resumes Bad Cop and throws more things before placing the construction worker in a device to melt him down, but a female freedom fighter enters and uses karate on several other cops to rescue the construction worker. ► A figure falls from a skyscraper window and hits the ground, then awakens to hazy images of Lego buildings, a human boy, and a human father; the boy stomps on the figure three times (no damage), but later picks him up and tosses him down a cardboard tunnel and into the city; there, micromanager robots and rebels fight until the falling figure arrives in a puff of white plastic "smoke" pieces. ► A baseball is thrown toward the audience and hits a male figure in the back (he is knocked away), then a squadron of cops in planes; the baseball goes on to knock down Lego buildings and we see some flames made of plastic pieces and a unicorn dances by with flames on his back; guards fire chewing gum at figures causing them to stick to the ground and a Batman figure throws a batarang into the helmet of a guard, who shouts in pain and bangs his head on a wall several times before the final walls of the city fall down. ► A Bad Cop in a cruiser with lights flashing, on a horse with a flashing blue light on its forehead, and in a police airplane with flashing blue lights chases a construction worker and a freedom fighter on foot; other cops join Bad Cop and they all shoot plastic pieces (bullets) at the two, simulating handguns and automatic rifles, hitting no one; the construction worker falls off a motorcycle and shouts in pain (no injury is visible). ► A Bad Cop arrests several figures as other cops handcuff them and lead them away to a skyscraper where lightning and thunder surrounds the top floors; cops chain the captives, stand them in small compartments and shock them with electricity and we see sparks as they shout in pain. ► A CEO who wears a red hat with two flaming red coffee mugs slams Bad Cop's face into a windowpane without injury, then Krazy Glue sticks Bad Cop's parents to their front yard and erases Bad Cop's "good" face. A businessman/CEO orders his robots to destroy a wizard with glowing eyes; the robots attack, but the wizard wins the fight (no one seems hurt). In two scenes, a female figure saves a male figure from robot attacks by using karate kicks and punches to knock down the attackers. Batman and Bad Cop figures fight and flip one another. A female figure kicks an actor figure off a TV stage and he flies off screen. ► A figure confronts the CEO and convinces him to stop gluing things down with glue spray and capping the glue tube makes the CEO's black skyscraper fall down into individual bricks, while hurting no one. A CEO orders his computer mainframe to "destroy everyone" before he rides to the top floor of his skyscraper and then the top floor flies away; micromanager robots that are black cubes with whirling hands and fingers descend, position figures on the streets "just so," and the CEO sprays the figures with Krazy Glue; a figure tied to a transistor battery rolls out a skyscraper window, falls, dislodges the battery that is attached to the mainframe, and prevents the destruction of the figures on the streets via a time bomb that reaches "0" and goes offline. ► A huge pirate Transformer-type figure shoots a double-barrel automatic rifle from his left arm several times in five or six scenes (no damage is done). Several male figures swing handguns around, but do not fire. A CEO uses lasers, sharks and laser-firing sharks to discourage visitors from his skyscraper. A Bad Cop throws a piece of a car at someone in the distance, knocking down the figure. ► A happy kitty figure occasionally changes from pink to red, briefly sprouting big sharp teeth when angry; in one scene, she becomes angry and chews up several robots. An indistinct monster head rises from the ground, swallows a passing Lego airplane and disappears into the ground again. A snake bites a Cleopatra figure's hair and becomes tangled. A herd of pigs chases a male figure, but does not harm him. ► A father and his young son argue about Lego buildings and the father becomes convinced to be less controlling and possessive of the toy building sets. A male figure speaks to a crowd and afterward the other figures throw pieces of plastic at him, but he ducks and is not harmed. A large dragon flies by and lands on the ground to roast meat on a spit with its fiery breath. ► A TV announcement from the President/CEO of "Octan" includes the statement, "Follow the instructions or be put to sleep (melted down/killed)." ► A female figure spits into a saloon spittoon and we hear the action but cannot see the spit. A pirate talks loudly in a saloon and sprays green spittle dots over another male figure's face.
LANGUAGE 2 - 5 mild anatomical terms, 14 very mild obscenities and exclamations (Dang it!, darn, darny darn, Oh man!, What the heck, Wow, Oh my gosh, Oh gosh), name-calling (hippy dippy baloney, stupid, crazy, insane, dumb, loser, lame, ding dong, dorky, old man, useless, liar, cowardly, special snowflake, unspecial, weird), stereotypical references to wizards, heroes, Big Business CEOs, Big Oil, women, men, followers, the police, cats, Mexicans, the Scottish, TV personalities, micromanagers, controlling fathers.
SUBSTANCE USE - The Superman figure asks someone to give him some Kryptonite to end his mental pain when confronted by the annoying Green Lantern figure, and Krazy Glue serves as a paralyzing control substance to freeze Lego figures who think or move too much. Cowboy figures drink from glasses of what may be beer in a saloon scene.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Adventure play, heroes, villains, Big Business, monopolies, equality and human rights, true meaning of "special," critical thinking.
MESSAGE - Anyone can accomplish special things, if they believe in themselves.
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The Lego Movie Parent Guide
Kids will be entertained, but, surprisingly, adults will probably have the most fun in this film..
The kid's toy LEGO assembles itself into an animated movie, featuring an ordinary LEGO man (voice of Chris Pratt) who is mistaken for an extraordinary action figure by a group of super heroes. These "Master Builders" are hoping he will help them dismantle an evil villain's diabolical plans.
Release date February 7, 2014
Run Time: 101 minutes
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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.
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.
The lego movie rating & content info.
Why is The Lego Movie rated PG? The Lego Movie is rated PG by the MPAA for mild action and rude humor.
Violence: A character steals items. While the movie contains action violence, no blood is depicted. A man is kicked off of a cliff. Simulated explosions and gunfire are shown. One character is impaled on a Lego spear. In a torture scene, a character threatens to melt another character. Ninja-style fighting and other cartoon violence is shown. Cowboys engage in a bar fight. A character is beheaded with a coin. A man dies and others are tied up. A character uses a sharp blade to remove an object from another person’s body.
Sexual Content: A character comments about scratching his backside. Characters make photocopies of their buttocks. A couple falls in love.
Language: The script contains brief modified profanities including heck, dang and gosh.
Alcohol / Drug Use :None noted.
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The Lego Movie Parents' Guide
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?
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The most recent home video release of The Lego Movie movie is June 17, 2014. Here are some details…
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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The screenwriters for this film also penned the scripts of Hotel Transylvania , Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 . LEGO action figures featured in this film include characters from other popular movies. Look for Batman , Jedi Knights from Star Wars and Gandalf from Lord of the Rings .
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Snap to it, or block it? A parents' guide to 'The Lego Movie'
Every kid with a toy box, every parent who’s ever winced from landing a bare foot on a two-by-two red block, every grandparent who’s bought a minifig for a birthday knows that “The Lego Movie” opens Friday. But is it right for everyone? We snap together some of your likely questions. (Warning: Many spoilers ahead.)
The pros Critical reviews have been almost universally positive, with Time magazine calling it "the funniest, cleverest, most exhaustingly exhilarating animated feature in ages." There's plenty of pop-culture references to keep the adults amused and the movie's world is nicely representative of your typical kid's Lego collection. Milhouse from "The Simpsons" mingles with Superman, Lady Liberty, "1980 something space guy," a mermaid, a panda and other Lego figs, and other household items such as Krazy Glue and used Band-Aids ("the cloak of Ban-Dai-Ed") play roles.
The cons Emphasis on "exhaustive." It’s like it was written by a Lego-loving kid hopped up on Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs who was inspired by one of the “Batman” movies — the action is frenetic and hyper. All kids who play with Legos may want to see it, but it's not right for the younger tykes. And the 3-D is unnecessary.
Is it right for kids of all ages? We're going to say no. While it’s rated PG for “mild action and rude humor,” there are a lot of hyperactive battle scenes, car chases and explosions. The Batmobile is shot until it blows up, as is Wonder Woman’s invisible jet (but that’s pretty funny, since … it’s invisible). And there are intense scenes — scary skeleton-faced robots attack, a characters’ parents are threatened, our heroes are strapped into chairs and “tortured” with green light flashes. A kid behind us wailed when a submarine exploded, another couldn't stop asking her parents about a character who was beheaded with a penny. Parents need to evaluate their own child's comfort level. Nine-year-olds will be in happy hyperfrenetic heaven, preschoolers should stick to "Frozen."
Do I need to pony up for 3-D? Not really. Emmet and some of the other characters are flung into the audience due to various explosions, and red Lego blocks often rain out at the audience. But the third dimension doesn't suck the audience onscreen into its crazy cartoonish world. If you've got the money and want to get the full "Lego Movie" experience, the 3-D isn't a bad addition. But if your local theater's only showing it in 2-D or you want to save a few bucks, don't let your kids guilt you into feeling bad about it.
How are the voices? Very well-cast. Chris Pratt's enthusiastic voice as unlikely hero Emmet is in almost every minute of the movie, and he's likable and funny. Kudos also to Morgan Freeman in a perfect Morgan Freeman role as the wizard Vitruvius and Will Arnett as a growly, frattish Batman. You'll have fun recognizing the other voices too, especially Jonah Hill, whose Green Lantern could've used a much bigger role, Elizabeth Banks as a fighter not unlike Trinity from "The Matrix," and Will Ferrell as the nasty villain.
Best lines “His face is so generic, it matches every other face in our database.” “We need more ideas so dumb and bad no one will ever think they could possibly be useful.” “I told the weird cat thing to stall.” “You don’t know me, but I’m on TV, so you can trust me.”
Warning The movie's big song, "Everything is Awesome!" is as cursedly addictive as "It's a Small World."
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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is the sequel to The Lego Movie (2014) . Five years after the events of the first movie, the persistently cheerful Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) and his brooding best friend Lucy/Wyldstyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks) are stuck in an apocalyptic city after being attacked by cute Duplo alien invaders.
Without warning, a new masked alien called General Mayhem (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz) arrives. She kidnaps Batman (voiced by Will Arnett), Metalbeard the Pirate (voiced by Nick Offerman), Unikitty (voiced by Alison Brie), Benny the Astronaut (voiced by Charlie Day), and Lucy/Wyldstyle. The five friends are whisked away to the Sis-star system to participate in a matrimonial ceremony for the suspiciously generous Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (voiced by Tiffany Haddish), who wants to brainwash them into becoming cute zombies.
Emmet decides that he must find a way to save them. With the help of super-cool Rex Dangervest (voiced by Chris Pratt), Emmett comes up with a plan to stop the Queen before it’s too late.
Friendship; family; sibling relationships; love; loneliness.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part has some violence. For example:
- There is mild cartoon violence throughout this movie. For example, characters throw objects at each other, hit or punch each other, fall off cliffs, and so on. There are also Lego-brick explosions.
- Character use laser guns.
Nothing of concern.
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part shows some use of substances. For example, some characters drink beer in a rough bar.
Nudity and sexual activity
The following products are displayed or used in this movie: Lego, Duplo and smartphones.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part has some very mild coarse language.
Ideas to discuss with your children
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part isn’t quite as innovative or original as The Lego Movie (2014), but it’s still has the first movie’s engaging, visually spectacular and touching qualities.
Children and adults of all ages are likely to enjoy this movie, although we recommend parental guidance for very young children. This is because the movie has some mild themes and cartoon violence.
Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include:
- being yourself, and not trying to change who you are to please others
- being a good friend.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part could also give you the chance to talk with your children about real-life issues like the effects and consequences of deliberately ruining other peoples’ games or toys.
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THE LEGO MOVIE
"saving the world one legoman at a time".
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(CC, BB, CapCap, ACAC, V, N, M) Strong Christian, moral, almost allegorical worldview, with allusions to Jesus, as a prophecy is being fulfilled when a man comes in ordinary form to save the world and must sacrifice himself and comes back to life, though some things at the end of the movie skews this a little to say the prophecy was made up, plus character has an epiphany of “the man upstairs” who gives him purpose, moral message of father and son building a relationship, and a strong capitalist, libertarian message of freedom to build and not be under the law of a deceitful communist, fascist dictator who wants to control all the media, products, thought, and laws; no foul language but some scatological humor; action animated violence of falling through holes and breaking through walls, buildings, etc., but nothing too graphic for children; no sexual content or kissing though one character is seen as a bit of a “player”; no nudity though Lego men have their shirt and pants off, which of course is animated so nothing is revealing; old western bar scene; no smoking or drug use though one character is a bit of a hippie and the epiphany scenes seem a bit druggy; and, bad guy lies and has an ironic name that is confusing, but no other objectionable content.
THE LEGO MOVIE is an animated comedy about an underdog hero carrying the key to peace, who must battle a wannabe dictator in order to save the world. THE LEGO MOVIE is a hilarious movie with great animation and a Christian, moral worldview.
Emmet is just a regular guy who follows all the rules in place. Everything has been spelled out for Emmet and the citizens of his city by the ironically named President Business. Not only does President Business own all the products produced, he also controls the media and wants to control all thought and all creativity. So, without the people noticing, they are really under the thumb of a real dictator.
One night Emmet is getting off work and finds a woman named Wyldstyle who isn’t following directions. When Emmet goes to tell her, he falls into a huge hole. At the bottom, Emmet sees a powerful object calling to him. Emmet touches the object and gets a vision. The object sticks to Emmet. Then, when he comes out of the hole, Wyldstyle tells Emmet that the object will grant the town peace, and he is “the special one” who is to fulfill the “prophecy of peace.”
Suddenly, a policeman named Bad Cop comes to chase Emmet and Wyldstyle to get the object. Wyldstyle saves Emmet by creating a car. This is something new for Emmet, because he’s never created anything outside of the instructions. The two get away from the cops, but go through different worlds that Emmet never knew existed. Arriving at the old west, Wyldstyle and Emmet meet up with Vitruvius, who knows the prophecy.
Vitruvius and Wyldstyle explain that they are master builders who create things without instructions. Because of this, President Business has banished them. The three learn that President Business plans to destroy the world in three days, but Vitruvius believes Emmet is the key to saving the world.
The name of the villain in THE LEGO MOVIE is a bit confusing, unless one remembers the mercantile nature of National Socialism, the Marxist heresy of Hitler and Mussolini which made industry a ward of the state rather than a slave of the state. For the best historical analysis of National Socialism (so-called Nazi) and the Leninist Marxist heresy of Soviet Socialist International Socialism, please read the excellent history MODERN TIMES by Prof. Paul Johnson. Mussolini, by the way, was a communist who modified his version in Italy after he became El Duce. Thus, Prof. Johnson points out that Mussolini had a will to office more than a will to the total, murderous power of Lenin, Stalin and the other tyrannical communists who killed millions in cold blood for there own pleasure, or even the other national socialist, Adolf Hitler, who thought his heresy was more effective for controlling society. Even so, all socialism is repressive and oppressive.
That said, THE LEGO MOVIE has a very interesting prophecy about a seemingly ordinary man saving the world by sacrificing himself, though there are some points at the end that skew this Christian allusion a little. Overall, therefore, THE LEGO MOVIE has a Christian, moral worldview emphasizing sacrifice. There’s also a political message. Contrary to what his name suggests, the movie’s villain is stifling creativity and trying to control everything produced in Legoland. The good guys are fighting against this dictator’s anti-capitalist control. That said, the filmmakers should have changed the villain’s name to something more reflective of his evil nature.
Extremely well done, THE LEGO MOVIE is hilarious throughout. The animation is top notch and the characters are clever. The story and plot are also well done and keep audiences entertained. Not only will children like this movie, but adults also will enjoy it for the clever elements and characters. However, because of the confusion in the villain’s name and some scatological humor, MOVIEGUIDE® advises some caution.
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Family Movie Review: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (PG)
‘The Lego Movie 2’ is visually exciting but slightly less funny for this ‘Second Part.’
Kernel Rating: 3 (3 out of 5)
MPAA Rating: PG Length: 107 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 10+. This sequel to 2014’s ‘The Lego Movie’ moves the narrative forward five years, and that gap of time means that older children, now tweens, are the intended audience for this film. Sibling rivalry and “growing too adult” to play with toys are core plot concepts, and the movie attempts to connect to a slightly older audience with that messaging. There is romantic tension between the two main characters from the first film and discussions about moving in together; an early romantic relationship between Batman and another character, who plans a wedding ceremony for them; and discussions about feeling lost, forgotten, or inadequate for your friends, in particular regarding how young boys might not feel masculine or tough enough. Some frightening moments for younger viewers might include the destruction of a city and the Lego universe being taken apart; there are also some fighting and martial arts scenes, some explosions, characters use guns, missiles, and other weapons, and both Lego and human characters sometimes insult and make fun of each other.
By Roxana Hadadi
At what age should children start “growing up”? That is the question at the heart of “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” the first direct sequel to the groundbreaking “The Lego Movie.” In the years since that first film in this franchise, we’ve received spinoffs about Batman and Ninjago characters, but those were forays into slightly overlapping universes. “The Second Part” directly picks up where the first film ended, and the movie re-explores some of the first film’s ideas, but now with a slightly older, more mature point of view.
“The Second Part” navigates those issues (while, of course, serving as a very long commercial for buying Legos, so be aware of the consumerism on display here), and for parents and relatives, there are conversation-starters throughout the film that can be brought up with younger viewers after. How do young viewers think people change and grow? How do they think they have in the five years since the first film came out? Do they prefer the hopefulness of Master Builder Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt, of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” ), or the practical nature of his “special best friend,” Lucy, also known as Wyldstyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks, of “Pitch Perfect 3” )?
The contrasting worldviews between those two characters is again the focus of “The Second Part,” which returns to the Lego world we know — but things have drastically changed. The alien Duplo beings who arrived at the end of “The Lego Movie” are constantly destroying Bricksburg, and one day, a representative of their race, General Mayhem (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz), arrives to invite five “leaders” of the city to a wedding ceremony on her planet.
Is this a trick? Lucy thinks so, especially after she, Batman (voiced by Will Arnett, of “Show Dogs” ), and a few other characters are whisked away. Left behind and deemed unsuitably tough to be a leader, Emmet decides to change himself to be more of what Lucy wants — so he transforms the home he built for them into a spaceship and sets off for the Systar System. But while separated, each character realizes that they may be a little wrong about some things. Emmet’s trusting nature leads him into a friendship with the adventurer Rex Dangervest, whose motivations to help Emmet may not be sincere. And in the Systar System, Lucy immediately distrusts Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (voiced by Tiffany Haddish), but what if her feelings for Batman — who she decides she is going to marry — are genuine?
Parents and older viewers may recognize that the story beats are a little similar to the preceding film, and there are many jokes and references here that probably won’t land for younger viewers, about the ’80s movie “Back to the Future,” the sci-fi classic “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and the rock band Radiohead. All of that will fly over most kids’ heads, as will Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi’s reverse-psychology song about not wanting to date guys from Gotham (her rejection of Batman makes him fall for her, naturally). Including all that, there is a surprising amount of material in “The Second Act” that may be outside of the realm of understanding for the children watching this film. But the Lego animation style remains visually exciting and artistically layered, from action scenes to musical numbers, so keeping viewers’ attention shouldn’t be a problem.
Overall, “The Lego Movie: The Second Part” experiences the same issues exhibited by so many sequels to successful, groundbreaking films: How to live up to the first movie while also doing enough to be effectively different? “The Second Part” sets itself apart with an acknowledgment that its audience has grown up while maintaining the zany touches — like an all-raptor space crew, a talking ice cream cone, and a “Mad Max”-style city made of Legos — that gave this entire concept such creative freshness.
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LEGO Movie, The
Not suitable under 5; parental guidance to 7 (violence)
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- details of classification and consumer advice lines for LEGO Movie, The
- a review of LEGO Movie, The completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 2 April 2014 .
Overall comments and recommendations
About the movie.
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
This review of the movie contains the following information:
- a synopsis of the story
- use of violence
- material that may scare or disturb children
- product placement
- sexual references
- nudity and sexual activity
- use of substances
- coarse language
- the movie’s message
A synopsis of the story
The Lego Movie is an animated movie featuring popular Lego figures, such as Batman, Superman, Gandalf and Superwoman. The movie is based around an epic battle of good versus evil. It begins with the evil Lord Business (voiced by Will Ferrell) intent on dominating the Lego universe with his plan to freeze all Lego pieces with his deadly ‘Kragle’ substance. Master Builder Lord Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) knows that if he can find the ‘Piece of Resistance’ he will be able to stop the ‘Kragle’ from destroying the Lego world. However after the ‘Piece of Resistance’ is lost from him he has a vision, that one day a yellow-faced man, ‘the Special’, will find it and defeat Lord Business.
Meanwhile, in the current-day Lego world, an ordinary Lego man named Emmet (Chris Pratt) unsuspectingly stumbles upon the ‘Piece of Resistance’ one day at work. The Master Builder Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) observes Emmet with the Piece of Resistance and assumes he is ‘the Special’ that Lord Vitruvius visioned – the one destined to save them. Together Wyldstyle and Lord Vitruvius follow Emmet, believing in his ability to defeat the evil Lord Business and his followers led by Bad Cop (Liam Neeson) before they destroy all of the Lego lands.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Good versus evil; Family relationships; Some reference to torture.
Use of violence info
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is quite a lot of violence in this movie, all depicted through the use of Lego pieces. Examples include;
- A Lego man is kicked off a cliff and falls through a tunnel with spikes
- A Lego piece is threatened with being melted in a machine
- In a shoot out, pieces are shot and fall to the ground
- Lego lands are destroyed and pieces are seen falling apart
- References to torture machines where Lego men’s minds are read for building instructions
- A Lego man’s parents are frozen by superglue in front of him
- A Lego man is thrown against a glass window repeatedly
- A Lego man has his faced rubbed out with nail polish remover
- Emmet is stood on by the real life boy, but is not hurt
- A Lego shark bites a Lego man
- Lord Vitruvius is seen to die. A Lego ghost that replaces him
- The hero Emmet falls from a large Lego building, through a dark hole and is assumed to be missing.
Material that may scare or disturb children
Under five info.
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, children of this age may be most concerned with seeing a variety of Lego pieces damaged or broken throughout the duration of the movie. Children are likely to become attached to certain characters and find their demise or torture upsetting.
Aged five to eight info
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
In addition to the above-mentioned scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
- There is a scene where human characters are depicted. A boy is playing in the basement with his Lego and a dark shadow is seen at the top of the stairs. The young boy looks at the shadow and seems to be frightened. The shadow enters the basement and is identified as the boy’s father; however he speaks and looks like the evil Lord Business. The scene ends with the father seeing the error of his ways and embracing the boy warmly.
- Children sensitive to bullying may be worried by a scene where Emmet’s friends taunt him and he appears upset.
Aged eight to thirteen info
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
- Nothing further noted.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
- The whole movie is a promotion for the LEGO brand. The Lego shown throughout the movie includes older themed LEGO and new LEGO which is available for purchase.
- None noted.
Nudity and sexual activity
There is some partial nudity in this movie, including:
- There are multiple references to a ‘Pantless Man’ game show. It shows a Lego piece without any pants on and an audience laughing at the man.
Use of substances
There is some coarse language that children may imitate, including:
- bum; stupid; butt; dang.
In a nutshell
The LEGO Movie is an animated film based on, and promoting, the well known Lego construction toys. Some parents may have concerns about this very obvious promotion of a brand to their children.
Very young children, although they would recognise the toys, are likely to find the plot uninteresting or confusing. Younger children may be upset to see favourite characters in the film injured or destroyed, there is a tense scene involving a human boy and his demanding father and there is also reference to torture. The film is therefore not recommended for under fives, with parental guidance recommended for five to eight year olds.
The main message from this movie is that everyone is special if they just believe in themselves and their own special abilities. Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include loyalty and friendship
Parents of older children may wish to discuss why the father placed such importance on the Lego construction being perfect rather than playing with his son? What lesson did the father (and Lord Business) learn in the end?
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