Sketch comedy reboot offers kid-friendly entertainment.
“All That” is a reboot of the ’90s sketch comedy series of the same name and features unpredictable but mostly clean content designed for kids. There’s some potty humor (poop jokes, for instance), and impersonations of celebrities and other notable personalities often play on exaggerated physical features and mannerisms, but it’s all for laughs. Some original cast members are involved in the production — including Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, who produce the show, and others who have cameos on-screen — so parents who watched the ’90s series and tune in with their kids will notice content that bridges the gap between the two.
Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. on Nickelodeon.
Few laughs in uninspired, violent action comedy.
“Stuber” is an odd-couple action comedy about a new Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) who picks up Vic (Dave Bautista), a loud, aggressive Los Angeles police officer recovering from eye surgery. Expect plenty of mature content: Violence is strong, with lots of guns and shooting, dead bodies, blood spurts/bloody wounds, some gore, martial-arts-style fighting, punching, hitting with blunt objects, car chases, crashes and explosions. Language is constant and profane, with countless uses of “f---,” “motherf----r,” “s---” and more. A scene in a male strip club includes brief, graphic, full-frontal male nudity, and there’s plenty of sex talk, innuendo and sexual gestures. Product placement is more obvious than in many movies, with constant references to Uber, plus Sriracha, Nissan Leaf, Twitter, and Lasik. The bad guys are drug dealers, heroin is mentioned, and little bags of heroin are shown. A woman talks about drinking tequila and appears to be drunk. You’ll probably chuckle a few times, but overall the movie feels rushed and routine. (93 minutes)
Star power, stellar messages in charming animated series.
“The Bravest Knight” is an animated series about a young girl who’s learning how to be a knight from her two adoptive dads. The same-sex relationship at the emotional heart of the story is straightforwardly introduced: The husbands say loving things about each other, while the show overall focuses on messages about courage, compassion and living an authentic life. Violence is toned down; heroes are more likely to use their wits to escape dangerous situations than to physically fight — but such characters as trolls and witches can be slightly scary and may do things like trap a group of young knights in a pit. Knights are unfailingly kind and brave, always ready to help those in some kind of need and willing to go the extra mile to do their duty. Kindness as an important aspect of courage is emphasized repeatedly. Some jokes are slightly off-color, such as a running gag about Cedric stepping in and then smelling like “cow poop.” Voice talent is diverse in terms of gender, race, ethnicity and sexual identity, and strong messages about inclusion and thoughtfulness are both implicit in story lines and underlined by Cedric at the end of each episode. (12-minute episodes)
Available via Hulu streaming.
Spin on classic fairy tale is energetic but predictable.
“DJ Cinderella” (a.k.a. Cinderela Pop) is a Brazilian rom-com that can be streamed on Netflix using either English subtitles (translated from Portuguese) or with dubbed English voices. Based on a book by popular Brazilian author Paula Pimenta and set in present day, it’s yet another version of the classic fairy tale with a twist. The heroine, with the familiar wicked stepmother, two mean stepsisters and a “prince” with whom to fall in love, passionately wants to be a disc jockey, so contemporary music is an integral part of the story. DJ Cinderella is a family-friendly film, with one short slapstick action sequence (a woman pretends to attack herself) and one use of “a--,” along with a few insults (e.g., “moron”). There are a number of romantic kisses. Despite the fact that it’s predicable, young fairy tale fans may find it appealing. (95 minutes)
Available via Netflix streaming.
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