Underdogs: More Like Underrated
Underdogs is perhaps one of the most underrated children’s movie of the decade. I belly laughed and had a blast. In fact, I plan to watch it again and again because it was so jammed-packed with sarcasm and innuendo (my bread and butter) that I just couldn’t catch it all. Now, take this with 10,000 grains of salt. I am a geeky parent and this kind of stuff is my jam. Mmm…that would go well with the bread and butter. I must be hungry. Back to the movie…
The Underdogs Epic Movie-Viewing Experience
Pause for dramatic effect.
It was late afternoon with a toddler. He hadn’t napped. Need I say more. I wanted to work on my Spanish app, but the small man-cub demanded all of the attention and was making learning Spanish less than bearable. So I happened upon this children’s film in a desperate attempt to up my Spanish game. I just searched Netflix for a Spanish children’s show. I began watching Underdogs, not expecting much. I just needed my son to sit for a few seconds because his dad was running late and my patience was wearing thinner than the Victoria Secret fashion models.
Enter Underdogs into our lives.
Fun for the Whole Family – Especially Adults
I didn’t expect much, but the movie was full of witty banter and over-the-head jokes (most were clean and still hilarious: a difficult feat). Any movie that references watching cat videos on YouTube is okay by me.
I did not find it too hard to follow, although I cheated with subtitles. Hey, I’m still learning here.
My husband arrived home halfway through the movie. Not going to lie, the plot had totally jumped ship by this point. Think ridiculous added tangent. However, he was intrigued and I was already captured by the comedy and pacing of the dialogue.
We learned some Spanish.
We ended up watching the entire movie, and my son even stayed engaged despite the Spanish and his literary disadvantage with the subtitles. Mommy may have planned it this way. Research shows cognitive language acquisition is at a peak between 0-3 years of age. You have 7 months kid. Someone in this family needs to be bilingual, and the ADD nature of yo’ mama means you’re probably our only hope. Anyway, it was cute when he started repeating words in Spanish even though he had no idea what they meant. I love my little parrot.
The plot eventually got closer to back on track, sorta. But Underdogs did tie things up with an uplifting message about doing the right thing and believing in yourself.
Why it’s so underrated
Pretty sure it didn’t do well because the preview is terrible compared to the actual movie. It also went to video release three years after its initial debut at the number one box office movie opening in Argentina.
Weinstein, what were you thinking? You had a winner on your hands. Upon further research and a hunch, I just searched the Frozen release date which was also 2013. That is probably not the best one to go up against. Now, I may get some slack for saying this, but Underdogs was far more entertaining and less pretentious than Frozen. *Ducking and preparing to get hit by tomatoes from young children and parents alike.*
So, if you are willing to subtitle it. Underdogs is available on Netflix.
The English Version was released in 2016 and includes some pretty big names. Check out the link below to get the Amazon review.
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