disclosure: I was invited to a special screening of The Bad Guys in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.
Have you ever heard of The Bad Guys? Chances are, if you have children between 6-9 years old, you have. The Bad Guys is a children’s graphic novel series written by Aaron Blabey. Having a teenager, I had not heard of this series. I was introduced to The Bad Guys when they took over the DreamWorks instagram account and wanted to hear more about these characters. Dreamworks Animation has taken this New York Times best-selling book series and created a fun, family movie that, in my opinion, will hopefully generate a sequel.
About the Movie
Nobody has ever failed so hard at trying to be good as The Bad Guys. Watch the first six minutes of the movie below!
In the new action comedy from DreamWorks Animation, based on the New York Times best-selling book series, a crackerjack criminal crew of animal outlaws are about to attempt their most challenging con yet—becoming model citizens.
Never have there been five friends as infamous as The Bad Guys—dashing pickpocket Mr. Wolf (Academy Award® winner Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), seen-it-all safecracker Mr. Snake (Marc Maron, GLOW), chill master-of-disguise Mr. Shark (Craig Robinson, Hot Tub Time Machine franchise), short-fused “muscle” Mr. Piranha (Anthony Ramos, In the Heights) and sharp-tongued expert hacker Ms. Tarantula (Awkwafina, Crazy Rich Asians), aka “Webs.”
But when, after years of countless heists and being the world’s most-wanted villains, the gang is finally caught, Mr. Wolf brokers a deal (that he has no intention of keeping) to save them all from prison: The Bad Guys will go good.
Under the tutelage of their mentor Professor Marmalade (Richard Ayoade, Paddington 2), an arrogant (but adorable!) guinea pig, The Bad Guys set out to fool the world that they’ve been transformed. Along the way, though, Mr. Wolf begins to suspect that doing good for real may give him what he’s always secretly longed for: acceptance. So when a new villain threatens the city, can Mr. Wolf persuade the rest of the gang to become … The Good Guys?
Is The Bad Guys Safe for All Ages?
The Bad Guys is rated PG for action and rude humor. I have to admit, I spent most of the movie laughing, I really did not notice much. What I did notice was a fun, family movie that is directly catered towards kids, that will keep parents entertained for about 1hr 40minutes.
The movie is full of action, but more wild car chases and stunts than anything else. As far as “rude humor,” there were butt and fart jokes, but isn’t that what kids laugh at? There are many antics pulled, for example, Mr. Wolf shoots a grappling hook into the air, and instead of the Bad Guys escaping, Mr. Wolf is left standing in his boxer shorts.
There was nothing too outstanding that would cause me to say “Use your best judgment.” This movie is great family fun with no hidden undertones, no deep feelings, no inappropriateness. The Bad Guys is just a good family movie.
My Overall Take
I would absolutely watch The Bad Guys again.
I felt as though the movie had a few elements from other movies. Mr. Wolf drives a mean getaway car – he can drift like no other, which reminded me of The Fast & the Furious franchise. The unique criminal group and their choices of heists reminded me of Oceans 11. The pace of the story did not drag, which will keep kids entertained. These aspects blended well, making The Bad Guys a fun movie for all ages.
More Fun with The Bad Guys
- Try not to get caught looking so good 😎 Scan the below code in Tik Tok to try the new effect or click here
- Instagram Lenses – scan the below QR code
- Every Bad Guy needs a hype playlist 😎 Search for The Bad Guys character inspired playlists on Spotify now.
- Play The Bad Guys Arcade Game: thebadguysarcadegame.com
- Try these Snapchat Lenses out – Los Angeles Chinese Theater Snap Landmark here & Snap Mugshot Lens here
- Check out Giphy for Manhole & Safe Heist
The Bad Guys Activity Book
Check out this fun, free activity book featuring The Bad Guys!