Australian Council on Children and the Media

The LEGO Movie 2 : The Second Part

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Not recommended for children under 5 and parental guidance to 8 (mild themes and cartoon violence).

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This topic contains:

  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for The LEGO Movie 2 : The Second Part
  • a review of The LEGO Movie 2 : The Second Part completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 11 February 2019.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 5 Not recommended due to mild themes, cartoon violence, and length.
Children aged 5–8 Parental guidance recommended due to mild themes and cartoon violence
Children over the age of 8 Recommended for this age group.

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.

Name of movie: The LEGO Movie 2 : The Second Part
Classification: PG
Consumer advice lines: Mild themes and animated violence
Length 107 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is the sequel to the original 2014 film The Lego Movie. 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 the attacks of the 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 seems hell bent on brainwashing them into cutesy zombies.  Emmet decides that he must find a way to save them, and with the help of the super cool Rex Dangervest (voiced by Chris Pratt), he comes up with a plan to stop the Queen before it’s too late. 

Themesinfo

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.

Friendship; family; sibling relationships; love; loneliness.

Use of violenceinfo

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 some violence in this movie including:

  • Mild cartoon violence throughout. For example, throwing objects at each other; hitting or punching each other; Lego-brick explosions; falling off cliffs; etc.
  • Use of laser guns.

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

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, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:

  • Unikitty (a cute Lego kitten) transforms into a large monster-like version of itself when angry. This may frighten young children, particularly those in preschool.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road-style battle vehicles participate in a fight scene. These sequences may distress very young children.
  • A character transforms into a large and menacing Octopus creature.

Aged five to eightinfo

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.

  • Nothing of concern for this age group.

Aged eight to thirteeninfo

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 of concern for this age group.

Over thirteeninfo

Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.

  • Nothing of concern for this age group.

Product placement

The following products are displayed or used in this movie:

  • Lego
  • Duplo
  • Smartphones

Sexual references

  • Nothing of concern.

Nudity and sexual activity

  • Nothing of concern.

Use of substances

There is some use of substances in this movie, including:

  • Characters are shown drinking beer in a rough bar.

Coarse language

There is some mild coarse language in this movie, including:

  • Heck
  • Jerk

In a nutshell

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is not quite as innovative or novel as its predecessor, but still maintains the engaging, visually spectacular, and emotionally-driven aspects that made the first film so enjoyable to watch.  Children and adults of all ages are likely to enjoy this film, but parental guidance is recommended for very young children due to the mild themes and cartoon violence.

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • Being yourself. Not trying to change who you are to please others.
  • Sharing.
  • Friendship.

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as.

  • The impact and consequences of deliberately ruining other peoples’ games or toys.

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