We Can Be Heroes - Netflix Movie Review

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Netflix is becoming a family entertainment favorite - really improving their family-friendly original content this past year.  The latest Netflix movie, We Can Be Heroes, is no exception to the high quality family programming we're beginning to expect from them.  This follow-up to the fan favorite The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (2005) is a superhero made for kids and starring kids.  While grown-ups may find the story to be predictable and corny, it's exactly this appeal that got my young fans excited about this film.  


We Can Be Heroes - Netflix Movie Review


My boys had not seen The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl before, so in the weeks leading up to the release, we took advantage of the fact that Netflix was streaming this cult classic and watched it. . .and watched it again. . .and then again.  My five year old would seriously not turn it off!  They were both really excited to see what the next adventure was going to be for Sharkboy and Lavagirl on Christmas Day when We Can Be Heroes began streaming.  Like it's predecessor though, We Can Be Heroes focuses on the kids - not the grown ups.  So while Sharkboy and Lavagirl are in the film, they are not the stars.


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We Can Be Heroes tells the tale of the children of the superheroes who make up The Heroics (think of them as The Avengers. . .only with less violence).  The Heroics all have unique superpowers that, when combined together are supposed to make them unbeatable.  But the lack of teamwork amongst the group becomes apparent when Earth falls under an alien attack and The Heroics are quickly and easily defeated.  When the battle begins with the aliens, all of the children of the superheroes are hidden underground inside of headquarters.  It's here that we see the raw talent of these kids and their superpowers, but they are untrained and have a lot to learn about being a successful team.  With the fate of the world now up to them, this group of young heroes escapes the protection of headquarters and embarks on the adventure of a lifetime.  


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Overall, We Can Be Heroes is a really solid choice for young families.  It's Avengers for the little ones with age appropriate humor and action.  There's no shortage of familiar faces including Christian Slater, Christopher McDonald, Priyanka Chopra, and Pedro Pascal (although we are more used to seeing him behind a Mandalorian helmet!), but the real stars are the young actors.  I was especially impressed with YaYa Gosselin (Missy Moreno) as the strong leader that the kids need to learn how to work together.  Viven Blair (Guppy) is the feisty young daughter of Sharkboy and Lavagirl - trust me when I say you don't want to cross her!  She may be cute, but she is mighty!  And then there is Wheels played by Andy Walken who proves that physical limitations doesn't make you any less super.  With positive messaging about teamwork, self-esteem, and overcoming your fears, kids will delight in the action and parents can feel good knowing that their kids are enjoying something entertaining and appropriate.


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About We Can Be Heroes (From Netflix)



When alien invaders kidnap Earth's superheroes, their kids are whisked away to a government safe house. But whip-smart tween Missy Moreno (YaYa Gosselin) will stop at nothing to rescue her superhero dad, Marcus Moreno (Pedro Pascal). Missy teams up with the rest of the superkids to escape their mysterious government babysitter, Ms. Granada (Priyanka Chopra Jonas). If they're going to save their parents, they'll have to work together by using their individual powers — from elasticity to time control to predicting the future — and form an out-of-this-world team. Full of action and heart, WE CAN BE HEROES is directed by Robert Rodriguez (SPY KIDS, THE ADVENTURES OF SHARKBOY AND LAVAGIRL) and also stars Boyd Holbrook, Christian Slater, Chris McDonald, and Adriana Barraza.