In theaters December 25, 2019, Spies in Disguise follows super spy, Lance Sterling and scientist, Walter Beckett as the unlikely duo team up for the ultimate mission. The animated film looks perfect for the whole family, but is Spies in Disguise actually kid-friendly? Check out my spoiler free review and find out why I think you NEED to take your kids to see this film!
In November, I attended the Geekly Retreat and got to see the full-length film, Spies in Disguise before anyone else! And I mean before anyone else as they literally were finishing the film the day before.
Everyone knows I love Tom Holland and have a love/hate with Will Smith, but the two of them together – a genius pairing! I simply adored this movie. It is the perfect movie to see on Christmas day or any time over winter break!
About Spies In Disguise
Super spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is not.
But what Walter lacks in social skills he makes up for in smarts and invention, creating the awesome gadgets Lance uses on his epic missions.
But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way.
And if this odd couple can’t learn to work as a team, the whole world is in peril.
What is Spies in Disguise rated?
The secret spy film is rated PG, which suggests parental guidance.
For our family, there isn’t anything that would make us skip out on seeing Spies in Disguise. But there are some small tidbits that may have other families staying home.
Is there swearing in the movie?
Ok, I have to admit that I was so engrossed in the film, I may have missed a cursie. But I honestly do not think I did! This one is cursie free, I believe.
But there are butt and potty jokes. And talking about how a birds go to the bathroom. This alone will have my tween boy rolling… And his father who is still a kid when it comes to potty humor. But I liked that they actually use the correct terminology instead of using slang or some other saying.
How much violence is in the film?
It’s a spy movie with a villain, so there is some mild violence, but no blood and guts. Fighting scenes, martial arts, guns and knives, but nothing horrific.
And all of this goes to Walter’s character. He is steadfast against violence and doesn’t believe it’s needed to stop the bad guys.
Are there sensitive topics in Spies in Disguise?
There is some bullying, name-calling and the death of a parent. We don’t see the death as it is implied but as always, if you have a child that recently lost a loved-one this may be a little sensitive.
So, is Spies in Disguise kid-friendly?
Full heartedly – YES!
First and foremost the directors are animators, so they worked their tail feathers off to make sure the animation in the film was spectacular. And it is everything. You can tell the team are masters in their field. Kids and adults will love the incredible features.
And the colors are brilliant and will keep kids of any age mesmerized. Even the little ones who might not know what’s going on. Seriously, the colors speak to me and were the first thing that attracted me to Spies in Disguise.
The overall themes of the film are exactly what kids of today need to hear.
READ MORE: Spies in Disguise mobile game coming soon!
My key takeaways from Spies in Disguise
Again, Spies in Disguise is amazing. But beyond the animation, butt jokes and action scenes – the two biggest reasons Spies in Disguise is a film you WANT to take your kids to see are the key themes in the film.
Walter is “weird”. He’s a “science nerd”. And he’s a little awkward. But he’s ok with that. Walter embraces his weird. And eventually, he shows “the cool kid” Lance that it’s cool to be weird too. Because sometimes the world is saved by weird.
Another lesson Walter teaches us is “Perhaps there are no good or bad, perhaps there are just people”. Walter Beckett fights against the norm and wants to reimagine what it means to be a spy. He just wants the world to be a better place without violence.
Spies in Disguise hits theaters on December 25, 2020, and you need to take your kids to see it. And have a conversation afterward about how neat STEM is and that it IS COOL TO BE WEIRD!