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Michelle won a chance to check out the virtual premier of Netflix’s new The Mitchells vs. The Machines a day ahead of the movie’s debut.
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The Mitchells vs. The Machines Review
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Our family consists of mom (me) and dad, oldest son (Alex, 12), middle son (Kaleb, 3) and baby (Dominic, 1).
We tuned to watch The Mitchells vs. The Machines while I finished making dinner. It was the first time dinner was eaten in silence … minus a few giggles.
The Mitchells vs. The Machines is about the Mitchell family. There’s mom, dad, daughter Katie, son Aaron, and the dog.
Katie (Abbi Jacobson) is an amateur filmmaker who is going off to college to follow her dreams. Due to a mistake, Dad (Danny McBride) breaks Katie’s computer and hurts Katie’s feelings. In an effort to bond with his family and make it up to Katie, Dad plans a family road trip to bring Katie to college.
While the Mitchells are on the road trip, the audience learns a smart phone has turned against her creator and is planning to have robots kill all humans. As a family, the Mitchells are able to come together and save the day from toasters, vending machines, and other everyday objects-turned-robot killers.
When the movie ended, I asked the kids their favorite parts.
Alex and Kaleb agreed the two robots pretending to be humans naming themselves Eric and Barbara was the funniest part of the movie. Dad and Dominic liked the music.
I thought the story line was really relatable and sweet. The Mitchells vs. The Machines, at the core, is a story of a girl looking for independence, going off to college, while her worried dad tries to still protect her … but sees she’s growing up and is proud of her.
Our entire family enjoyed the movie in our home while eating dinner and relaxing on the couch.
The Mitchells vs. The Machines Info:
1 hour, 54 minutes
Danny McBride (Rick, dad), Abbi Jacobson (Katie, daughter), Maya Rudolph (Linda, mom), Michael Rianda (Aaron, son)
There are also voice appearances from: Eric André (The Eric André Show), The Crown‘s Olivia Colman, SNL alum Fred Armisen, SNL current cast member Beck Bennett, married couple Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, Conan O’Brien (Conan), and Kendall Jenner’s ex-boyfriend Blake Griffin.
Family-friendly, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
All ages, but mostly teens and tweens
April 30, 2021
The Mitchells vs. The Machines Trailer
If you’re still trying to decide if The Mitchells vs. The Machines is a movie for your family to watch, check out the official trailer below.
Animated Movies Similar To The Mitchells vs. The Machines
If your family liked The Mitchells vs. The Machines and you’re looking for animated movies that are similar to stream next, we have a few options for you.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
The team behind The Mitchells vs. The Machines is the same team behind Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, so if you like the animation in one, you’ll like it in the other. The CG in Into the Spider-Verse is a lot sleeker than The Mitchells, but that’s intentional. The goal of the animation in The Mitchells was to look like watercolor paintings.
The plot of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a teenager, who is bit by a radioactive spider, just like Spider-Man was, tries to honor Spider-Man’s legacy after he passes away.
There’s a similar plotline in both movies about a father not quite understanding the passions of his child. In The Mitchells, Katie’s dad doesn’t understand her YouTube video passion and in Into the Spider-Verse, Miles’ dad doesn’t understand his appreciation of Spider-Man.
Watch it here.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
The same team that brought Into the Spider-Verse and The Mitchells is also behind The LEGO Movie.
If you haven’t seen The LEGO Movie yet, no worries. Neither have we. But we did see the The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and it’s actually cute.
Spoiler alert: But in The LEGO Movie, you find out that the entire movie is really just a kid (Finn) playing with his LEGO toys. The movie is the scenes he is playing out and putting together at home. Adorable, right?
Finn’s sister’s DUPLO blocks ruin everything, so in The Second Part, he ruins everything. Mom gets mad because the siblings are fighting, and says if they can’t get along, they can’t play. So they have to learn how to play nicely together, which is a really good lesson.
Read our The LEGO Movie: The Second Part review, then watch the movie here.
Non-Animated Movies Similar To The Mitchells vs. The Machines
National Lampoon’s Vacation
If your kids watching The Mitchells vs. The Machines are a little bit older and can appreciate a non-animated movie, this is a great time to introduce them to National Lampoon’s Vacation.
The 80’s classic is about Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), a dad who just wants to take his family of four on a nice cross-country road trip. Similar to the Mitchell family’s road trip, things don’t exactly go as planned.
There aren’t robots attacking the Griswold family, but there is a moose mascot named Marty at the Walley World theme park. And lots of hijinks along the road trip.
And, just like The Mitchells, it’s a happy ending for the Griswolds too. Well, until Christmas anyway.
Watch it here.
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