My Sleepovers were never this exciting…
In a couple of days, on August 21st, Netflix will be releasing its new movie called The Sleepover. I had the chance to preview it early and I have to say my sleepovers as a kid were never this exciting. Haha! What did I think of the movie, and is it ok for kids? You can read my Sleepover movie review below to find out!
The Sleepover Movie Review and Impressions
My first impression from The Sleepover is that it reminds me of the movie Spy Kids. Which is fine because I love the movie Spy Kids. My second impression was that Netflix did a great job on casting for The Sleepover, but it was the supporting characters who really stood out to me. (Ken Marino as the dad Ron, Max Simkins as Kevin, and Cree Cicchino as Mim were the hits of the movie.) I was rooting for Ron, agreeing with Mim, and giggling at Kevin’s antics throughout the whole movie.
My third impression was that they could have developed Malin Akerman’s character a little more so the audience could connect with her. Or they could have taken Ron’s character and made him even better by making him also a previous thief, or maybe an undercover Government Agent. Either way, The Sleepover is still an entertaining and cute movie that shows the importance of family and friends. It would be a perfect movie for family movie night, but maybe not for the younger kids. (You can read a little more about that below.) I would be interested to see if there will be a sequel for even better yet a prequel.
My Rating and is it OK for kids?
I give The Sleepover a solid C+. It’s a an entertaining movie that made me giggle, and is worth adding to your Netflix watch list. Is the movie OK for kids? Yes, but I feel older kids. (Ages 9 and up.) From what I counted there is one cuss word early in the movie. (Think along the lines of other words for poop that starts with a C. Haha!) There are other instances in the movie of adults verbally threatening kids and kid characters in the movie being very disrespectful towards their parents, and other adults. To be honest, I was not expecting these behaviors in this kind of movie. These instances are why I recommend the movie for older kids.
Special Activity Sheets!
What Sleepover doesn’t have activities? In honor of The Sleepover’s release here are some cool activity sheets you can print out and use to help plan and play during your next sleepover! Click to download! Crossword Puzzle, Bingo, Quiz, and To-Do List.
Official Movie Synopsis
In this family adventure-comedy, Clancy (Sadie Stanley) and her kid brother Kevin (Maxwell Simkins) discover that their seemingly normal stay-at-home mom Margot (Malin Åkerman) is actually a former high-end thief in the witness protection program. When both their mom and dad (Ken Marino) are kidnapped and forced to pull one last job with an ex-flame of Margot’s (Joe Manganiello), the siblings must team up to rescue their parents over the course of one action-packed night that they’ll never forget. THE SLEEPOVER is directed by Trish Sie (Pitch Perfect 3).
Starring: Sadie Stanley, Maxwell Simkins, Ken Marino, Cree Cicchino, Lucas Jaye, Karla Souza, Enuka Okuma, Erik Griffin, with Joe Manganiello, and Malin Åkerman