The Bad Guys - Movie Review

The Bad Guys - DreamWorks Animation / Universal Pictures

In DreamWorks Animation's The Bad Guys, being bad has never been so good.  The Bad Guys follow the criminal antics of lifelong bad guys - Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark, and Ms. Tarantula.  After years of being the baddest of the bad, this criminal crew has finally met their match. . .needing to go good.  In their quest to go from The Bad Guys to the The Good Guys, these friends struggle with who they really are at their core.  Releasing April 22  in theaters from DreamWorks and Universal, The Bad Guys is full of humor, hijinks, and heart.

The Bad Guys Movie Review

The Bad Guys - DreamWorks Animation / Universal Pictures

The Bad Guys stars a stellar voice cast in Sam Rockwell, Craig Robinson, Awkwafina, and Anthony Ramos.  These actors bring to life the often conflicted characters of The Bad Guys crew.  The main character, Mr. Wolf (voiced by Sam Rockwell) is perhaps the one struggles the most with his identity in the movie.  Throughout his whole life, he has always been the bad guy and the audience really gets a sense of how hard it can be to change other people's perceptions of you after they've already formed their own opinions.  Without spoiling plot lines, it's this surprising depth in several of the characters that makes this movie full of lessons for kids AND a thoughtful watch for adults too.

The Bad Guys - DreamWorks Animation / Universal Pictures

Kids watching the film will also enjoy the laughs along the way as the Bad Guys crew tends to interact in a way that is sarcastic and comical.  Leading the comedy, is none other than Shark - voiced by Craig Robinson.  His character is the focal point of many comedic scenes in the film.  However, I think my favorite character in the movie is Diane Foxington.  She is a feisty governor who is confident and strong.  As the storyline unfolds, she becomes even more impressive!  

The Bad Guys is an enjoyable watch for the whole family!  Don't miss it in theaters April 22, 2022!

About The Bad Guys (From DreamWorks Animation / Universal Pictures)

Nobody has ever failed so hard at trying to be good as The Bad Guys.


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? 


The film co-stars Zazie Beetz (Joker), Lilly Singh (Bad Moms) and Emmy winner Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel). 


Based on the blockbuster Scholastic book series by Aaron Blabey, The Bad Guys is directed by Pierre Perifel (animator, the Kung Fu Panda films), making his feature-directing debut. The film is produced by Damon Ross (development executive Trolls, The Boss Baby, co-producer Nacho Libre) and Rebecca Huntley (associate producer, The Boss Baby). The executive producers are Aaron Blabey, Etan Cohen and Patrick Hughes.

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