The most anticipated movie of the summer- well, of the last 14 years maybe?- is in theaters now! Incredibles 2 burst onto the screen today and ticket sales are booming. Is Incredibles 2 kid friendly? I’ve got my Incredibles 2 parent movie review for you (and no, this isn’t as much a no-brainer as you might think!).
Alright, Supers. Grab your Super Suit and head to the theaters to see Incredibles 2. Because it’s TIME!
It’s been 14 long years as we waited for the Parr family to return in the Incredibles sequel, but I hope you’ll agree the wait was well worth it. Spoiler alert: obviously I loved this movie.
I was invited to the Incredibles 2 Events this year to learn more about the making of the movie, to screen the movie in advance, and to interview some cast and crew of the Incredibles 2. I’ll link all the posts at the bottom so you can check it all out: there’s some great behind the scenes info about the making of the movie, wonderful interviews with the filmmakers, and one interview with Samuel L. Jackson (Frozone) that I’ll never forget. Plus a few Incredibles inspired recipes that your kids will love.
Now the payoff has arrived and I’m dying for everyone to get out to the movies for this one! As always, I do a parent movie review to let other parents know what ages are best for movies like Incredibles 2. I hope it helps you decide if Incredibles 2 is kid friendly.
Is Incredibles 2 Kid Friendly? Parent Movie Review
Should you take the kids? Is Incredibles 2 safe for children? You might think: it’s an animated Pixar movie. Duh, of course, you can take the kids! Well… I’d say you are mostly right. In fact, when I watched the movie I didn’t have too many reservations about the age appropriateness of the movie.
But, there were a few moments that stood out.
This is going to be a spoiler-free review, but I hope to give you enough information to be ready in case your child needs a little extra preparation before going in.
Here are my thoughts about Incredibles 2 being kid friendly.
Strobe Lights & Seizure concerns in The Incredibles 2
This is one of those things that noticed in the movie as it was happened and had the passing thought of, “oh man, this could be bad.” But since it’s not a concern for my immediate family, I’ll admit I kinda forgot about it unti more people saw the movie and mentioned it.
If you or your children are prone to seizures or migraines (or any other issue) that can be triggered by strobe lights PLEASE proceed with caution when you watch this movie. There are multiple scenes that could affect you starting about mid-movie. As the search for the main villain (Screenslaver) heats up, so will the need for you to be cautious.
The Incredibles 2 Plot- No Spoilers
Without giving anything away, the basic plot is that Helen gets tapped to go back to work as a Super. She puts aside her mom-guilt (go, Helen, the OG No-Guilt Mom!) and leaves the kids in Bob’s capable hands.
Bob has a growth curve, to be sure, but man, he steps up to the challenge and knocks this single dad thing out of the park! I loved how both the parents were able to grow and learn in different roles during this movie.
Holly Hunter and Craig T. Nelson discussed some of that role reversal in the interview we had last week with them- be sure to check it out!
There’s a villain that Elastigirl can’t seem to catch, and there are complications at home that keep Bob occupied. But the Parrs, along with Edna Mode and Frozone work through it as one Superfamily.
Side note: I loved how Edna and Frozone got a little more screen time and were “included” in the family for this one. As you’d expect, they both have some scene-stealing moments.
But Jack-Jack is the real star here: he has powers! And they are hilarious. He’s a small taste of them, but there’s much more about this to come on Monday.
Overall Review of Incredibles 2
I’ll make no pretense about it: I loved it. This movie is right up my superhero loving alley, so I expected that would be the case going in. The original is #2 on my all-time favorite Pixar movie list (Toy Story 3 gets the top spot in case you wondered).
The characters were all a lot of fun; I was thrilled to see they all came back from the original for the Incredibles sequel (minus Dash). I have to give big props to Huck Milner who steps into the shoes of Dash.
The original actor had aged out of the role (14 years is a long time for a kid, yo!) and Huck does a bang-up job in his first big movie. The interactions between teen Violet and tween Dash made me feel like I was right at home with my own kids!
The relationship growth between Bob and his kids was so sweet and I could relate to Helen as the mom calling from the hotel room to check on the fam. As always: the Parr family is just SO relatable and that’s what I love about both films.
Is it a worthy sequel to my beloved Incredibles? YES.
The Action of Incredibles 2
It. Is. Intense! Much more so in my opinion than the original. But oh so very cool to see from a “wow things have changed” point of view. I loved the motorcycle chase scene as well as the opening action scene that gets the whole family involved.
Some of the intensity can be credited to the changes in the way Pixar animation of action scenes has developed over the past decade-plus. Things have come a long way, baby! Which is, well, incredible to see play out on screen. But it also upped the ante of the realism.
That plus the overall storyline could be a little intense for young or sensitive children is my parent movie review. Don’t get me wrong: I don’t think it’s enough to keep them at home, but keep an eye on them during the movie. Just in case!
The Villain of Incredibles 2
So we have this villain in Incredibles2 called the Screenslaver who is causing all kinds of havoc for the city of Metroville. Seriously: no spoilers here! But you can see Screenslaver at the top of the Incredibles 2 movie poster.
This is one area that I’d advise some caution for younger or sensitive children: Screenslaver was creepy. Creepy enough in one particular fight scene with Elastigirl I caught myself flinching a bit. And I’m a grown adult!
There’s no blood or anything super graphic, but the overall feel of the bad guy is BAD, not cartoony campy like Bomb Voyage or even the Underminer in the original Incredibles.
As Cap Says: LANGUAGE!
Unfortunately, this movie is rated PG and I think it’s due to language as well as the intensity of the fight scenes. And the language that was there was really just unnecessary to me. Look, I’m not super crazy when it comes to watching my mouth; anyone who’s spent time with me knows this. Ahem.
But if it’s not needed in a movie, I prefer it not to be there for my kids to hear. And I don’t think anything bigger than a teenage “UGH!” was needed to get the points across in this Incredibles sequel.
There’s not a ton of it (I honestly only caught one reference myself) but talking to other friends, they report there were additional references such as taking the Lord’s name in vain. If your family is sensitive to that kind of thing, maybe go ahead and preview this one before taking the kids.
Incredibles 2 Parent Movie Review By Age
My children are 15, 12, 11 and 7. Here are my recommendations for each age based on my children’s maturity levels.
So you want to know if Incredibles 2 is kid friendly? I’ve outlined the few exceptions above that could give you pause. But overall, I’d say TAKE THE FAMILY (and by the way, don’t listen to the Millenials on Twitter saying your littles need to stay home. Big ol’ eye roll from me! Take the kids!).
8 to 10-years old Depends on the overall maturity level but I’d say most kids this age will be good seeing Incredibles 2. These superhero and Pixar lovers probably going to be fine.
If your child of this age is highly sensitive, you may want to screen it ahead of time, but I’m thinking on the more sensitive end of things. I really can’t think of too many kids this age that wouldn’t be perfectly delighted with this movie.
7 and Under I’d mostly say do it! But there are exceptions of course. Most likely it’s going to be appropriate for your kid, but keep in mind the PG rating in case you are overly cautious with what kids this age watch.
It is rated PG due to violence and some language so a child who only watches Thomas the Tank Engine is on the fence here.
IS Incredibles 2 A GOOD MOVIE FOR TWEENS?
My oldest are 15, 13, and 11. They grew up – literally!- watching the Incredibles on repeat. There is no way I’m getting away with leaving them at home this weekend, that is for sure!
Is Incredibles 2 a good movie for tweens? Yup. My kids will love it because they ARE Violet and Dash. (I thankfully was not blessed with a crazy baby like Jack-Jack!)
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Recipes Inspired By The Incredibles
About Incredibles 2
Written and directed by Brad Bird (“Iron Giant,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille”) and produced by John Walker (“The Incredibles,” “Tomorrowland”) and Nicole Grindle (“Sanjay’s Super Team” short, “Toy Story 3” associate producer), Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 15, 2018.
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Patty Holliday is a movie critic, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews.