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THE LEGO® MOVIE

Rating: 4 out of 5 buckets
Release Date: February 6, 2014
MPAA Rating: PG
Best Age Group: 7+
Sexual Content: None
Violent Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: None
Drugs and Alcohol: None
Will it Appeal to Kids? Yes

"He was so good at fitting in, nobody noticed him." THE LEGO® MOVIE follows the life of a Lego named Emmet Brickowski (voice of Chris Pratt). Emmet is an average guy, who works at an average construction company, building average skyscrapers. He's also a fun-loving, upbeat guy. He even has a favorite song called, "Everything Is Awesome," which sums up his attitude on life. Things drastically change for Emmet the day he meets his beautiful co-worker, Wyldstyle (voice of Elizabeth Banks). Wyldstyle mistakes Emmet for "the most important person in the universe" (a.k.a. the Special), and recruits him on an adventurous journey to stop an evil Lego from gluing the universe together. Now Emmet takes his average life to a whole new level...which isn't so average. THE LEGO® MOVIE is a wonderful and very clever animated film for the whole family.


"Embrace what is special about you," and "to be special you need to believe," are quotes and themes used in the film. Once Emmet discovers that people think he's "Special," he believes in himself and has more confidence.

This is a great PG movie, however it has some intense scenes between the the good Legos and villain Legos. I interviewed a five year old boy who loved the movie, but was scared in parts.

The film is an hour and forty-one minutes, which may be a little long for young kids. Having said that, pre-teens and teens that once played with Legos will love the film, and adults will enjoy it too.

Sexual Content: None

Violent Content: Excessive


• There are fist fights, gunfights, explosions and car crashes throughout the whole movie. The action is similar to a live action film, however this action is animated by a bunch of plastic blocks....LEGOS®.

Crude or Profane Language: None

Drugs and Alcohol: None

Will it Appeal to Kids? Yes


Overall THE LEGO® MOVIE is an entertaining film for all. Parents will enjoy the adult humor and kids will enjoy the adventurous Legos. Parents need to be aware of the excessive violence throughout the film. Depending on the child, I recommend this film for kids ages 7 and up.

Vampire Academy

Rating: 3 out of 5 buckets
Release Date: February 7, 2014
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: Moderate
Violent Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drugs and Alcohol: None
Will it Appeal to Teens? Yes

At St. Vladimir's Academy you won't find the beloved Twilight vampires, Edward Cullen or Bella Swan, however you will find Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) and her best friend Princess Lissa Dragomir. Rose is a dhampir, the half human, half vampire clan who protect the good vampires from the bad vampires. Lissa is a Moroi, the good vampires that can peacefully co-exist amongst humans. Then there are the Strigois, the evil vampires who drink to kill. Though you won't find the Twilight vampires in this series, you will still find drama, romance and conflict between the good vampires vs. evil vampires. Vampire Academy, based on the young adult novel, "Vampire Academy," is an action packed teenage drama.


There are some "mean girl" teenage issues in the film, however at the end of the movie a teenage girl delivers a speech to her classmates. She states the importance of being kind to one another and to let go of the petty behavior that was portrayed throughout the film.

Kids that have read the book will most likely enjoy the film...adults may want to catch another movie.

Sexual Content: Moderate

• Teen couples are shown kissing and making out.
• There are sexual references and discussions regarding losing ones virginity, wet dreams, a threesome and herpes.
• We see Rose, wearing only a bra and underwear, in bed making out with a guy she has a crush on. He's seen only wearing boxers.
• Rose is labeled as a "blood whore."

Violent Content: Excessive

• There are numerous battles with gun shots, stabbings, punches, kicks and body slams.
• We see the good vampires feed on humans. This is a little disturbing because the humans thought they were going to a blood drive. The vampires bite the humans' wrists, sometimes leaving a little blood on their face.
• We see vampire attacks, resulting in multiple casualties.
• We hear someone's leg breaking and another character's neck being broken.
• A mangled dead fox is shown hanging outside someones door.
• A girl's cat is killed, then put in her backpack.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

"B--ch," "a--," "d--n," and "h--,' are each said numerous times.

Drugs and Alcohol: Mild

• Vampires are shown drinking blood from wine glasses.

Will it Appeal to Kids? Yes

• I interviewed four teenagers that had read the book. They all loved the movie and said it was similar to the book, though a little corny.

Overall Vampire Academy is an action packed film with romance and comedy permeated throughout. Depending on the child, this movie is appropriate for kids ages 13 and up.

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