The Big Green
Run Time: 100 minutes
Directed By: Holly Goldberg Sloan
Despite the comedic format of the film, The Big Green tackles some very complicated issues regarding class and race stereotypes. Overall, this film does a great job of engaging with cultural identities in a positive way and offers an often ignored narrative regarding immigration into the United States.
A soccer team made-up of misfits shows that with dedication and teamwork anything is possible.
The Lego Movie
Run Time: 101 minutes
Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Overall, this film challenges stereotypes regarding masculinity and femininity and engages with a number of other marginalized identities (the body, disability). However, the film does little regarding sexual orientation and race.
Emmet and WyldSytle team-up to prevent President Business from taking over the Lego universe.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Run Time: 152 minutes
Directed by: Chris Columbus
In addition to positive messages regarding friendship and teamwork, this film engages with multiple cultural identities by having strong male and female characters and positive depictions of various body types.
When Harry learns he is a wizard he attends his first year at Hogwarts and discovers secrets from his past.
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
Run Time: 87 minutes
Directed by: Stephen Hillenburg, Mark Osborne
Overall, this film does not largely challenge different aspects of cultural identities but does an excellent job of expanding the rigid definition of traditional masculinity.
After King Neptune’s prized crown is stolen, SpongeBob and Patrick must embark on a dangerous adventure to acquire the crown and save Bikini Bottom.