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Ralph Breaks the Internet

also known as “Wreck-It Ralph 2,” “Força Ralph: Ralph vs Internet,” “Krs i lom 2,” “Ralf láme Internet: Ralf Rozbi-To 2,” “Ralf razbija internet: Razbijac Ralf 2,” “Ralfas Griovejas 2,” “Ralph 2.0: À la Conquête du Web,” See all »
MPAA Rating: PG-Rating (MPAA) for some action and rude humor.

Reviewed by: Alexander Malsan
CONTRIBUTOR

Better than Average
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
• Kids • Family
Genre:
Animation Adventure Family Comedy 3D Sequel
Length:
1 hr. 52 min.
Year of Release:
2018
USA Release:
November 21, 2018 (wide—4,017 theaters)
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Featuring: John C. ReillyRalph (voice)
Sarah SilvermanVanellope (voice)
Gal GadotShank (voice)
Taraji P. HensonYesss (voice)
Jane LynchCalhoun (voice)
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Director: Phil Johnston
Rich Moore
Producer: Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Pictures
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Prequel: “Wreck-It Ralph” (2012)

Wreck it Ralph (or Ralph) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) have been the best of friends for the past 6 years. Ever since they became friends, they’ve been nearly inseparable—well, apart from Vanellope’s many, many “Sugar Rush” races and Ralph’s continued destruction of buildings in the game “Fix It Felix.” Yet, Vanellope has expressed to Ralph that there are times when she just wishes things would change just a little bit, as everything has become too predictable, lately. Well, careful what you wish for Vanellope.

For you see, Vanellope’s wish comes true during a race when Ralph tries to create a new route for her, just to stir things up. Vanellope gives it a shot, which causes the gamers in the real world to become frustrated, and they accidently wreck the steering wheel of the Sugar Rush arcade machine, causing the game to be taken out of commission. Now, all the members of Sugar Rush are left homeless. The arcade owner, Mr. Litwak, has expressed that a new steering wheel is too expensive.

So, what do Ralph and Vanellope do? What any person would do looking for an impossible item? They search the Intenet. Actually, they travel INTO the Internet and bid on one on Ebay… for $27,000! Where are they going to get that kind of money? Join Ralph, Vanellope and a whole new cast of characters as it’s a race against the clock to save the game “Sugar Rush” from complete annihilation.

I honestly can’t believe it’s been six years since the first “Wreck-It Ralph” film. Before heading to the theater today, I read the comment I wrote on Christian Spotlight regarding my thoughts on the first film, in which I praised its substance (the way the film could speak to children AND adults) while maintaining a fairly family-friendly environment. I really hoped, above all else, that with this film, that we would get more of the same.

For the most part, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is family-friendly, just like the first film. But (and perhaps I’m being a bit overly cautious), while this second installment has a LOT more depth and stronger cinematic developments than the first, I couldn’t help but state to my theater companion at the conclusion of the film, “The objectionable content seems to stand out more in this film than in the first one.” To me, that’s a little troubling.

However, while this content is MORE present (a little more language than the first and some darker elements in parts), it is not OVERLY present. And even if the content WERE a major issue, which it probably isn’t, the strong morals that are present in this film probably more than make up for the content ten-fold, especially when these morals are conveyed by such good performances by John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Gal Gadot. Lastly, I commend the animators for artististry and beautiful design, including wonderful detail in the characters and settings, especially when Ralph and Vanellope first arrive in the Internet. Every building is defined, and no element is left out.

Objectionable Content

As I said, the content of concern is a little higher this time around.

Violence: Moderate. A virtual cop gets hit in the face lightly with something. A sign falls and squahes an Internet avatar. An avatar gets pushed. A bug is squashed and killed. Cars explode in a game called “Slaughter Race.” We see a shark eat a cat. Avatars are burned and killed (off screen, nothing graphic, and they reappear later for a second chance at something). There is a short car chase. In another scene Vanellope’s car crashes into a wall (she is ok). Ralph is seen fighting other characters. At different times, various characters are seen in danger.

Language: Mild. The language is tame though. Language includes the following: “son of a gun,” “dooty” (2), “heck,” “Holy cow,” “sugar” (a cover up for a swear word), “butt” (3), “dummy” (3), the Lord’s name is taken in vain 3 times (as “Good Lord”), “Gosh dang it,” “Jeez Louise,” “stupid” (4), “Shank you,” “weirdos,” and “Farting is such sweet sorrow.”

Sex/Nudity: A curvaceous woman wears tight, form-fitting clothing. Another woman has a bare midriff. A muscular, male wrestler wears just small shorts. Vanellope spots a word and points out that it says “Lingerie”. An Internet ad says, “Sassy housewives want to meet you.”

Other: A virus that a character releases might be frightful to some younger viewers (it also causes some damage to the Internet). Pop up ads talk about “sassy housewives want to me you,” and there is a topic that states “these child stars went to prison.” Ralph and Vanellope attempt to steal a car. There is a brief scene involving the Dark Web (nothing incredibly dark).

Morals

Ralph and Vanellope have been friends for 6 years. They have been inseparable—sharing the same dreams, up until a certain point. And yet, change is bound to happen. Nothing stays the same forever is what the film attests to. Friendships, like situations, must grow and change, otherwise we never become the people we are meant to become.

Personally, having had a best friend for over 10 years, I can attest that, while we have similarities, we have our differences, as well. Yet, we share the same faith, and it is because of this core our friendship remains. However, over the past 10 years both his and my faith have grown.

As Christians, we are called to change. To never remain stagnant in our faith—in our walk or in our devotion to God.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. -Ecclesiastes 3:1

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” —Joshua 1:9

“My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” -Proverbs 2: 1-2, 4-6

Though we are called to change, we are reassured in knowing that our Lord is unchanging. A constant presence, everlasting, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending. As Jesus once said himself,

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” —Matthew 24:35

“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.” —Deuteronomy 7:9

Final Thoughts and Recommendation

Full of strong messages regarding change and friendship, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is a testimony to Disney’s mission in putting “family” back into family-friendly viewing. While the content of “Ralph Breaks the Internet” isn’t as good as I would like it to be, in my opinion, the good outweighs the bad, and makes this film relatively safe for family viewing. Keep up the good work Disney!

  • Violence: Moderate
  • Vulgar/Crude language: Moderate
  • Profane language: Mild to Moderate
  • Nudity: Minor
  • Sex: Minor
  • Occult: None

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.


Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Positive
Positive—I laughed a lot during this movie along with my wife. Our 3 kids did not laugh as much. I would say most of the jokes were for adults. Our 3 year did not stay entertained like she did with the first one.

I really like this movie. It was the movie I really wanted to see and it didn't disappoint. Only complaint I have is picture of scull on car and giant Ralph was creepy. I would recommend for adults and older kids.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
Brett Binder, age 41 (USA)
Positive—An interesting rarity here… this is a sequel that is even better than its” predecessor! The first “Wreck it Ralph” was a very fun movie with quite a few memorable moments. However, I wouldn’t rank it among the best Disney movies. It wasn’t emotionally touching or deep like “Frozen,” “Big Hero 6” and others. Instead, it was a very entertaining film filled with terrifically clever references and tongue-in-cheek humor that I would put more in line with the better DreamWorks Animation films.

With “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” the characters and franchise are upgraded to near-classic status. The story and characters are more emotionally-grounded here. There’s a couple of lightly mature themes here that succeed in hitting their mark, and even almost made me tear up at the end.

The voice cast is great, and there’s a couple of great new characters here that fit very well. The way the internet is brought to life is perhaps even more clever than the original’s video game arcade. The bathroom humor is less than the first film, and even more appreciably, the movie keeps its focus on the characters. It keeps the exploitation of all things Disney (even with the terrific princess scenes) relatively restrained.

There’s even a musical number here sung by Vanellope (it’s meant to be a satire of 90’s Disney songs to an extent, but it’s very fun on its own too). The only issue here for me was that Fix it Felix and Sargent Calhoun (scene-stealers from the original) are left on the sidelines. They are given maybe 5 minutes of screentime altogether.

The main positive message here is the importance of not letting people define your life. Friendships are important, but not to the point where they become the main focus of your life. Insecurity and controlling personalities are shown to be appropriately toxic.

As far as negative content goes, I do think they could have toned down the stylized (mild) violence and similar ideas in “Slaughter Race” a little. There’s a few intense moments there. Besides that, the “Tappers” scene brings to mind bar scenes in movies (even though they are only drinking root beer). There’s some minor name-calling, one interjection of God’s name (Vanellope exclaims “Good Lord” in surprise), and a couple of bathroom jokes. Vanellope spots the word “lingerie” in eBay, and mispronounces it. Thankfully, considering how inappropriate the internet can be, things are held back to a family-friendly level. Overall, I’d say the content concerns are about on par with the original. Maybe the violence is a tad more intense altogether if anything.

In the end, I recommend this for ages 7 or 8 and up. A fun and surprisingly emotional sequel that takes the characters and franchise to the next level.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
Blake Wilson, age 24 (USA)
Positive—An adorable film. In my opinion, just as good as the first—clean, safe, and entertaining in comedic ways.

But even though it’s a fun little flick for kids and family, there are some things that concern me.

One of those things involves Vanellope and her longing for excitement and new things outside her own video game. While it is fine to have an interest to seek new experiences that don’t go against God’s Word, the scenario and the way Vanelope handles it made me see a rather unsettling aspect.

***(Spoilers, I guess)*** Vanellope becomes infatuated by an online racing and Grand Theft Auto-inspired game called “Slaughter Race.” She then develops a major want to stay in the game and be part of it, and expresses how she would love to do so—in verbal speech and even song form. I was okay with her interest in wanting to race her car within the game and experience something new for once, but then, later on in the movie, she tells Ralph that she seriously wants to abandon her home game to live in “Slaughter Race,” and that she didn’t really care if she did so. I saw this as rather selfish, when we examine what Vanellope could consider if she were to actually leave “Sugar Rush.” Who’s to say that the children in Litwack’s Arcade would not lose interest in playing “Sugar Rush” when they realize that Vanellope—their favorite racer and the only one they seem to be interested in playing as—is gone?

In the first Wreck-It-Ralph movie, we see what happens when an important character in a video game abandons their game—their game gets unplugged and thrown away. Vanellope, in this movie, does not seem to care that her home game could face the possible risk of being unplugged, and that all her fellow racers within that game could lose their homes and have their lives ruined. What seems to matter to her most is being a part of “Slaughter Race.”

Another little risk that Vanellope does not bother to consider (and this is my deep analysis) is being seen by the game developers of “Slaughter Race,” and how those developers would not recognize her as being something that should be a part of the game, and may likely try to delete her from existence. So yeah, Vanellope becomes blinded by her lust for wanting to be part of another game, so much that she becomes careless of what all could be affected by her choice to go chase after a personal want. Being careless enough to risk the well-being of yourself and those around you just to pursue something that you don’t necessarily need, but makes only you happy, is not something kids should think is okay.

Another thing is the pushy, shove-in-your-face, and hypocritical feminist moment with the Disney princesses. The princesses want us to believe that they do not, nor did they ever, need a “big strong man” to help solve their problems. If you’ve actually SEEN the princess movies, you’ll see the obvious hypocrisy at hand. The line that was used was totally unnecessary, and was a blatant attempt at promoting smug, “men-are-useless” feminism.

Also, there are the several adult jokes and references. However, I wouldn’t say they’re too dirty, and most children won’t even get them. But for the adults who do catch the references, the cheekiness can be spotted instantly.

Aside from those issues, the movie as a whole is a fun experience. It is a thrill to watch, and is indeed quite clever. People of all ages will be sure to find themselves having several good laughs.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
Shilo

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