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But while the message of The Lego Movie is good, it's certainly not the most good thing about the movie. The Lego Movie is a relentlessly creative endeavor, hilarious in unexpected and subversive ways. It's the best kind of kids' movie: while it's unashamedly for kids, it's not content to just stop there. So you get tons of references to 80s and 90s-era toys, movies, and pop culture, none of which is ever raunchy or off-color.

In fact, the entire movie is fascinating for being both squeaky-clean and not overt about it. Most movies that lack "potty humor" lack it so self-consciously that you can almost smell the ammonia radiating from the movie poster. In contrast, the cleanliness of The Lego Movie isn't a product of a moral high ground so much as the recognition that there were better jokes to be made.

I'd expect nothing else from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who previously wrote the hilarious and equally-inventive Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs. The duo have shown that no matter what medium or audience they're writing for (the two not only wrote and directed Cloudy, but the 21 Jump Street reboot), they can consistently deliver a hilarious script and compelling movie. Similarly, it's been years since I've seen a star-studded cast utilized this well in an animated movie: Chris Pratt is, as always, excellent, Elizabeth Banks kills it, and the chorus of guest voices make for a deeply involving meta-movie watching experience of Guess the Voice.

Go see this movie. It's hilarious. It proposes an interesting response to the modern problem of Specialness, and is so creative and unexpected that it'll just make you happy. That's part of the reason I think I'm proselytizing for this movie so hard—how often can you let down your critical defenses and have the movie not just meet but even surpass your expectations? How often can you come to a movie like a child?

Isn't that one of life's best, richest experiences, to come at something with the openness and trust of a child, and be rewarded for it? It just makes me so unironically happy—and I'm pretty sure it'll do the same for you, too.

Caveat Spectator

Some dangs and oh my goshes, but nothing intense or weird or offensive. A character is actually decapitated at one point, but the effect is lessened by the fact that he's a Lego character, and that your child has absolutely at some point perpetrated the same violence against one of his or her Legos. (Like: when you do that thing where you bite the head off one gummy bear and the bottom off another and then put the left-over pieces together, so like a blue head and green body, like some sort of gummy-bear Frankenstein's monster or whatever; point being, all kids do this.)

Jackson Cuidon is a writer in New York City. You can follow him on his semi-annually updated Twitter account:@jxscott

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