REVIEW: Kung Fu Panda 3

This weekend the kids and I hosted a massive playdate at the movies for opening weekend of Kung Fu Panda 3.  That’s 3 moms and their kids, a little chaotic but oh so much fun!

Rating: PG

Moviegoers: Mom – 37, Ava – 8, Marcus – 6, Tyler – 9, Gabriel – 5, Alex – 3, Christian – 6, Shabana (mom) – 32, Fariha (mom) – 35

Family faves: Big Hero 6 still dominates as the fave in this house, Transylvania 2 and the Rio series

Fave movies for grown-ups: Cocktails, The Usual Suspects, Good Will Hunting

KFP3_PosterWhat’s the story: Maybe we’re on a high from the kids very 1st Taekwondo tournament but we absolutely adored Kung Fu Panda 3! Po is reunited with his long lost father who takes him on a journey to a secret panda village where Po learns to find himself. When a villain from Oogway’s past returns and Po’s new found family and friends are threatened… well you’d have to watch the movie.

What parents may like about this movie: As usual there are a lot of subtle slap-stick humor and references that will have all the adults in stitches and yet way over our little ones heads to be noticed by them. This movie is a great study in finding yourself and that a person is so much more than what you see. There was definitely a lot of positive messages in this movie. I enjoyed the blended family references and how the 2 father’s realized that working together to help their son was really the best thing. All 3 moms absolutely loving this movie. Fariha went in thinking this was a great time to catch a nap but was pleasantly surprised that the movie engaged her so much she didn’t fall asleep as she expected to. Oh and the baby pandas!  Too cute for words!

What kids will like: The kids loved the action scenes as well as the witty humor of Po.  There is a lot of “chitty chitty chit chat” going around my house since seeing this movie and kung fu moves are being performed all day long.

Concerns: The whole concept of Qi escapes me even as a Chinese adult, so you can imagine the kids glossing over this intricate part of the movie. Finding this spiritual side was hard for the young ones to comprehend. Aside from this, you don’t need to understand Qi to understand teamwork and family.

3D Worthy: Absolutely! This movie is visually stunning for both kids and adults. Just try and touch the bubbles!

Positive themes: “If you only do what you can do, you will never be more than you are.” The characters in the movie are all pushed to finding their true potentials and to discover who they really are inside. 5/5

Violence/scare factor:  Villain Kai can be pretty scary and of course this movie is laced with kung fu fighting scenes, but there is no gore that I can recollect. 3/5

Sex/Romance: Barely any reference aside from a goose laying eggs and Mei Mei ribbon dancing with Po in a scene. That Mei Mei, I just love that girl! 1/5

Bad language: There is some questionable references that are more adult than I would have liked kids to hear. If things like peed, butt or “tenders” bother you then this may not be the movie for your family. 2/5

See what my kidlets had to say about Kung Fu Panda 3 here:

Check out fellow #FandangoFamily mom member Angie Hoover and her take on Kung Fu Panda 3: http://www.fandango.com/mom2639;smovieminute/video_92.  Want another mom’s take on this action packed, fun filled movie, check out: http://www.fandango.com/movie-news/family/should-your-kids-see-kung-fu-panda-3-750400

Kung Fu Panda 3 is rated PG and is perfect for children and adults over the age of 5.

{ disclosure:  This post is part of a sponsored campaign by Fandango Family.  Tickets for this film were self-purchased. As always, all opinions expressed here are my very own. } #FandangoFamily