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Kid’s take on movies: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

December 3, 2018 GMT

Ralph Breaks the Internet is an astonishing new film that’s full of humor and excitement.

It is about Ralph, aka Wreck it Ralph, who goes on a trip with his best friend, Vanellope, into the internet to buy a steering wheel for Vanellope’s game so it doesn’t get shut down. The internet is a whole new thing for Ralph and his friends, and they walk into some trouble while trying to get the wheel.

A few of the inconveniences they run into are not knowing where to go and also not having money. Before Ralph and Vanellope find out they need money, they place a bid of $27,000 on the steering wheel. When they get to checkout and they don’t have money, the cashier says they have 24 hours before their bid expires. That’s when they embark on their journey through the internet. All the same characters from the original movie, Wreck it Ralph, are in this film, and there are even some new ones introduced.


Nathan Warner, the cinematography director, excels at giving the movie a realistic cartoonish look. The theme is that friendships come in all shapes and sizes and that friends are forever.

If you plan on bringing kids under 11 or 12, I strongly recommend that you watch the trailer with them and ask if they would want to see the full movie because there are a lot of puns about Twitter and a lot of jokes that I don’t think younger kids will get. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t bring younger kids, because they will still understand the majority of what’s happening and enjoy the film, but the director geared this film for older audiences such as 12 and above.

I recommend this for ages 10 to 18, as well as adults. It seemed that the adults were laughing more than the kids during the movie. I give it 4 out of 5 stars because it is a hilarious movie that kept me interested for all two hours.

Make sure you stay for both scenes after the credits!

‘Instant Family’

Calista B.

KIDS FIRST! film critic, age 15

Now, I must admit that I’m a bit biased. My mom has worked with foster kids for 20 years, and I’ve helped out a charity that helps foster kids. So foster children are really important to me, and this movie really reflects the truth about this system in an emotional and funny way.

The story follows Pete and Ellie, a couple who feel as though there is something missing in their life. They decide to adopt three siblings from the foster care system. However, they find that raising children is a lot harder than they thought.


This movie deals with a very heavy subject — the foster care system.

Foster kids go through a lot of terrible stuff, which greatly affects them psychologically.

One thing I really like about this movie is that it doesn’t sugar-coat the hard reality. It dives straight into the lives of foster kids, without simplifying what they’ve gone through.

I really like this, as it breaks the impressions that a lot of people have about raising a foster kid — that it’s not as hard as raising your own kid. That is not the case, and the movie perfectly shows this.

It may seem like the kids are unlikable because of this; however, they grow on you. It took quite a while for Pete and Ellie to grow on me, however. They’re very impatient and annoying for a lot of the movie. And, although they get better over time, it kind of takes a while.

This movie is a comedy. So how is the comedic aspect? Pretty good.

However, at the beginning, there are lots of jokes about foster kids that feel very forced. While they technically have a purpose, they just weren’t funny to me.

For example, there is a joke where Pete says one kid looks like she has fetal alcohol syndrome or was chained to a radiator her whole life. While there is a funny payoff, the implications kind of made me uncomfortable, and it was part of the reason why I didn’t like Pete and Ellie.

I admit that when the film starts to get really emotional, it really hits hard.

The acting is really great in the serious scenes, especially from Lizzy (Isabela Moner). Of course, I need to give a shout out to Octavia Spencer, who plays Karen, one of the caseworkers. I really like Spencer, and she makes every scene she’s in absolutely outstanding.

I would give this movie 4 out of 5 stars and would recommend it for ages 13 to 18.

I would also recommend this movie for people who are considering becoming foster parents.