The big guy is back! After 6 years of playing in Litwak’s arcade, Ralph and Vanellope embark on a new adventure, one that takes them into the Internet for the first time. That’s right: INTO the INTERNET. AKA, something I would love to see myself! But is Ralph Breaks the Internet safe for kids? Here’s my Ralph Breaks the Internet parent movie review letting you know how family friendly the movie is before you take the kids.
Confession: I wasn’t a Wreck-It Ralph fan. In fact, I hadn’t even seen the first movie!
But my opinion and interest did a 180 degree turn when I sat in the Ralph Breaks the Internet Animation panel at D23 Expo.
There was this one scene- you might have heard me gush a bit over it?- that totally hooked me. I needed to know everything about Ralph, Vanellope, and their next big adventure.
I’ve seen Ralph Breaks the Internet twice (once was at the red carpet premiere of Ralph Breaks the Internet if you want to read about that amazing experience!) and can honestly say I’ve only “seen” 1/5th of what is happening on screen.
This is a big movie, with a lot of action, jokes, easter eggs and more. But is Ralph Breaks the Internet safe for kids? Here’s my Ralph Breaks the Internet parent movie review.
IMPORTANT PSA: Stay until the very end of the credits. Guys, it’s not a Marvel movie, but you gotta pretend it is. And the credits are crazy long (so if you need a potty break, go after the mid-credits scene; you’ll have time before the last stinger!).
Ralph Breaks the Internet Parent Movie Review
With every animated movie that comes out, I wonder just how kid appropriate they might be. I want to say they are ALL great for kids, but that’s not always the case.
Sometimes I feel like, in an effort to keep the parents from being bored, the movie makers push the edges of the kid-friendliness. Which can make a mom cringe, even when her kiddo totally missed the inappropriate jokes.
I had high hopes for Ralph Breaks the Internet and, parents, it did not disappoint. My Ralph Breaks the Internet parent movie review summed up: TAKE THE KIDS!
With a few exceptions (I’ll cover below) Ralph Breaks the Internet is family-friendly and kid-safe for all ages.
Ralph Breaks the Internet Synopsis
Video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush.
Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the internet where they rely on the citizens of the internet—the Netizens—to help navigate their way. Lending a virtual hand are Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site “BuzzzTube,” and Shank (voice of Gal Gadot), a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race, a place Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces—so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had.
Ralph Breaks the Internet Review
Is this the best movie of the year? For my family, it’s right up there! We all loved it for different reasons.
Combining genius writing, beautiful animation, and a story with heart makes Ralph Breaks the Internet not only a highly entertaining and hilarious movie but also one with a message (or two!) tucked in there.
Ralph and Vanellope’s friendship is tested, and this is something parents can discuss with their children at length. Ralph Breaks the Internet parent movie review: there’s not much higher praise than a movie that allows robust family discussion afterward.
We laughed; we cried a little; and we had plenty to talk about with the kids on the way home.
The Internet: it’s a magical place, but there are certain things that parents need to keep addressing with their children.
Topics that are hit on in a big way include going viral and reading the comment section when you do. #Ouch
It may never happen, but as users of the Internet, it’s important to remember that real people are on the other side of those comments.
Ralph Breaks the Internet Princess Scene
Yes, I am going to talk about this scene in my Ralph Breaks the Internet parent movie review.
I know, I know. But… I love it, even more, each time I see it.
The narrative of what makes a Princess special is changing, my friends. And as a mom of 2 daughters, I’m so happy to see it.
The Ralph Breaks the Internet Princess Scene is EVERYTHING and I was able to tell the writer of the scene just that a few weeks ago.
And in return, she was able to share a few secrets from behind the scene, so we all won that day!
Plus: there’s more of Princesses in Ralph Breaks the Internet than what you’ve seen so far. They literally change the course of the typical “Disney Princess gets saved by a big strong man” fairytale.
And I am HERE FOR IT.
But this moment in the Princess green room was so well written on a comedic level and if you dig a little deeper, there’s more going on. So much more. And it doesn’t really take a lot of digging.
Pamela Ribon, the creator of this scene, said something that stood out to me.
You hope you have a room that appreciates what you’re bringing to the table. – Pamela Ribon
I took this as meaning more than just trying to get a scene approved!
As a parent, this resonated. I hope I’m enough, I hope my kids see it, I hope they appreciate the lessons lovingly given.
Okay… back to the movie and discussing if Ralph Breaks the Internet is safe for kids!
The Action in Ralph Breaks the Internet
There’s a lot going on here and the action scenes are no different. Here’s where things might get a little questionable for some parents in my Ralph Breaks the Internet parent movie review.
Think gritty video game level action- and not the cute Sugar Rush video game either.
Remember: Ralph is in the Internet, which means things are going to look a lot different than the 80s era arcade of Litwak’s!
The Slaughter Race scenes are mild for a game of this level, but definitely more intense than Fix-It Felix ever was!
It’s not awful, but just be aware if you have a highly sensitive kid. Explosions and fast car races, a vicious dog and a great white shark all play roles in this game. But the characters of the game all have a heart of gold!
The Villain of Ralph Breaks the Internet
There always has to be a bad guy, right?
There’s not really one in this movie. I don’t want to give it all away, but the closest we come to a villain is a morphing of one of the characters. They don’t become bad, exactly, but they do some kinda scary things.
This part of the movie is where I got a little uncomfortable and frankly, a little grossed out. The animation is that good, but it’s just… well, a weird scene.
Nothing that should give nightmares, but you might have a young kid crawling up into your lap when a virus is introduced into the Internet.
As Cap says, Language!
There isn’t any straight up bad language in Ralph Breaks the Internet.
There’s a lot of talk of butts, farts, and burping. Potty humor makes an appearance with “dooty/duty” puns.
But none of the big swear words make an appearance.
If you don’t like the word butt, then consider yourself warned. But if you’ve seen Wreck-It Ralph, then you know pretty much where this is going.
Ralph Breaks the Internet Parent Movie Review By Age
My children are 15, 13, 11 and 7. Here are my Ralph Breaks the Internet parent movie review recommendations for each age based on my children’s maturity levels.
So you want to know if Ralph Breaks the Internet is kid friendly? I’ve outlined the few exceptions above that could give you pause. But overall, I’d say TAKE THE FAMILY.
8 to 10-years old
Depends on the overall maturity level but I’d say most kids this age will be good seeing Ralph Breaks the Internet. Especially if they are entering the world of Internet usage themselves.
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. There is some creep factor in here. But 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 video game related violence and some harsh language so a child who only watches Thomas the Tank Engine is on the fence here.
Ralph Breaks the Internet A GOOD MOVIE FOR TWEENS?
My oldest are 15, 13, and 11. And they were OG Wreck-It Ralph fans. There was no way I was getting away with leaving them at home.
Is Ralph Breaks the Internet a good movie for tweens? Yup.
In some ways, this movie is ideal for this age range. The kids are internet savvy in this age group and they had to explain some of the jokes to ME.
But there are a lot of important takeaways about Internet usage that are slipped in here. Perfect for a family “how to use the Internet safely” discussion on the ride home.
I hope this Ralph Breaks the Internet parent movie review helps you decide if the movie is kid friendly and family friendly for your whole crew to go see it this weekend!
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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.