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The LEGO Ninjago Movie | 2017 | PG | - 1.3.1

Animated movie about a boy and his group of Ninja friends who are trained to fight a warlord -- who also happens to be the boy's estranged father. With the voices of Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Abbi Jacobson, Zach Woods, David Burrows, Alex Kauffman and Justin Theroux. Directed by Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher & Bob Logan. [1:41]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A husband says of his wife, "It was love at first fight" (they are both Ninjas).
 During a fight, one LEGO man pulls the pants/skirt off another LEGO man (we see his bare LEGO legs). A LEGO man is shown shirtless and we see is bare chest.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - During an attack on a city, a volcano rumbles, lava glows and smoke billows as many planes fly overhead and a giant shark walks out of the ocean; fighter planes attack the city and we see a school bus teetering over a bridge before it plunges over the side (it is caught and placed safely on the ground); several young people transform into a Ninja fighting squad in a few scenes to fight a warlord, and one Ninja flies in a vessel resembling a dragon that blows fire and knocks planes out of the sky while launching missiles and torpedoes. A dinosaur Ninja faces off with a giant robot and a dragon Ninja is thrown into the ocean as more fighting occurs between other Ninjas and the giant robot; lots of property damage is shown. A live-action cat pounces on a flying Ninja and knocks it down, and then jumps and drags another Ninja out of the sky. Two men fight and one uses a stick causing the other to grunt; they fight across a rope bridge and one man falls a great distance into water below as young people watch and scream in despair. We see a war sequence with many men and women fighting with swords and people fall as they are struck. Several Ninjas fight a warlord with kicks and thrown weapons. A huge dragon in flames chases 5 Ninjas and people in a city evacuate; fighter planes chase the Ninjas and a warlord throws things at a live-action cat. A live action cat gobbles up a warlord then spits him out (we see the warlord covered with slime).
 Several people with spears move toward several Ninjas and they fight. During a fight a boy Ninja loses an arm; we see it re-attached (snapped back in) by a man. A man launches several people out of a volcano and through the air in a trail of smoke (we see them charred but alive later). Explosions in a street send people running and screaming. A tooth is pulled from a shark and we hear a scream. A boy jumps across rooftops. People on a beach run and scream as a giant robot walks out of the ocean and through a town. A sailing vessel is shown in shambles and it is assumed that a man is dead (we see him OK later). We see skeletons in a dark forest as snakes slither on the forest floor. A man is trapped in a cage. A flying vehicle crashes into a mountain and then lands on another mountain where its occupants disembark (no injuries). A building is built on a fragile foundation and it begins to crumble when several young people are locked inside.
 A Ninja defaces a priceless painting and a Ninja knocks over a refrigerator. A young boy enters a curiosity shop where he touches a suit of armor that drops a heavy spear that hits a table and throws some china cups into the air; a man catches them before they break (this is in live action). A man's tears turn to flames as they leave his eyes in a few scenes. A man blows dust off a box in and into a boy's face; the boy coughs. Students practice "duck and cover" drills in a school room in anticipation of an attack by an evil Ninja.
 A man yells at his staff. Many young people on a bus move to one side to avoid a boy and the bus is shown tipped to one side and sending sparks as it drags its chassis along the roadway. A young boy is ridiculed and shunned because his father is a warlord that keeps attacking their town. A boy and his estranged father argue in a few scenes and the boy says, "Get out of my life" in one scene. A boy tells his estranged father, "I wish you weren't my father." A man and a woman argue in a few scenes. A man tells a young boy that a cat is a monster and we see bloody scratches on the man's hand (presumably from the cat). People say, "We hate you," to a villain. A reference is made to a "Deadly jungle of lost souls." A man talks about how he grew two extra arms and how he was bitten by a snake. A woman tells her son, "Let me see your fingers and toes. Oh, you still don't have fingers and toes." A boy says, "We're doomed" and "We're gonna die."
 A woman sucks from a straw and makes slurping sounds a few times.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 4 mild anatomical terms, name-calling (evil, maniacal twisted villain, sick, judgie, stupid, Garmadork, dork, weirdo, meddling, Ninja Nerds, nerds, boring), exclamations (shush, zip it, oh my gosh, my gosh woman).


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SUBSTANCE USE - None.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Legends, heroism, families, estranged parents, responsibility, greed, emotions, elemental powers, reign of terror, patience, courage, hard work, relationships, change, disappointment, heroes, forgiveness.

MESSAGE - Seeing things in a new way can change your perspective.

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