SONIC PARENT MOVIE REVIEW
Sonic the Hedgehog is in theaters tonight, which means you’ll probably have kids asking if they can see this movie. And by kids, I am including anyone in your household that grew up in the 90s. Because Sonic is an icon to a lot of us! Is Sonic the movie safe for kids? The Sonic the Hedgehog parent movie review will help you decide if its going to be something you speed off to the theaters to see. While you’re here, check out the Sonic Movie Quotes too- there’s some real gems from Jim Carrey in there! #CatchSonic #SonicMovie
What’s Sonic the Hedgehog About?
Sonic is based on the character from the 90s video game made by Sega. If you are over the age of 30, you know this dude!
And he’s been sent to earth to escape local bad guys who want to steal his powers. He’s very fast and that’s something people (aliens and humans) want to tap into.
On earth, he’s found a comfy home in Montana where he is super lonely, but otherwise safe and happy.
All that changes when he lets his emotions get away from himself, drawing attention and one mega bad guy (Jim Carrey’s Dr. Robotnik) to the area.
He teams up with the local sheriff, Tom Marsden, and road trips to San Francisco so he can work on his escape from earth.
Run Time: 1 hour 39 minutes
When Can You Pee During Sonic?
You know I’ve got you covered!
This is a rated PG movie that is catering to kids. And those kids are notorious for asking to pee during the movie.
Check out the full rundown on when you can pee during Sonic the Hedgehog to find the non-spoiler descriptions of moments that make it safe to run to the bathroom.
Can You See Sonic The Movie Without Knowing The Video Game?
Before we get deep into the review, I want to admit that I am not a video gamer. Never really have been.
So I have zero expectations or prejudice when it comes to this character or storyline.
If you are one of those people, you may have different expectations for this movie. In fact, when the first trailer and poster came out, people had major feelings about the way Sonic was looking.
They hated it.
To the moviemakers’ very big credit, they took that feedback to heart and redesigned the entire movie. Think about that: the entire movie had to undergo changes because Sonic is in almost every scene.
That being said, if you are like me and don’t know much about Sonic or his storyline, will you still enjoy the movie?
The plot isn’t really anything new when it comes to video game movies (character comes out of the game, finds himself on earth, hilarity ensues as his game powers are used against regular humans… you know the drill).
But Sonic had a lot of heart, some solid acting by likable actors, and enough variety to make even the slower middle part enjoyable for an average moviegoer.
And it has Jim Carrey doing a toned-down Ace Ventura turn- and I loved it.
But is Sonic the Headhog kid-friendly and safe for kids?
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Sonic the Hedgehog Parent Movie Review
This movie is rated PG and that’s a totally fair rating.
I don’t have any major issues with the usual complaints: language and violence.
There is no sex or nudity in this movie, though there are some Sonic Movie Quotes that have some adult-only meanings. Most kids won’t hear or notice it.
Language is limited to a few minor curse words and one “Son of a —” The swear is not completed, but you can feel it hanging out there- if that makes sense. And it got a big laugh, so I think the kids in the audience also caught the meaning here.
There is an extended bar fight scene that might cause concerns for some parents. There is drinking and some one-on-one fistfights that don’t really need to be in this over-all kid-friendly Sonic movie, but it’s there.
Maybe use this as a good time to run to the bathroom is you have concerns.
There are also a few moments where Sonic is in peril, so a very sensitive child might be worried about him using up his bonus lives, but I can assure you all is well when it comes to the Blue Blurr!
I’d say you can take most kids to Sonic the Hedgehog as a kid-friendly option this winter. Ages 7 and up should be good to go!
If you love Spoilers Without Context like I do, check out the No Context Sonic Spoilers after you watch the movie.
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So I screen those movies and share my thoughts on appropriateness for a variety of ages.
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.