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2¢ After Dark: Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

Jingle Bells
Drax smells
Bacon runs away
Oh what fun it is to watch
Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday

It’s Christmastime and Peter Quill AKA Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) is feeling blue. It hasn’t been easy since losing Gamora, and he’s not in a holiday spirit kinda mood. In an effort to cheer their friend up, Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Drax (Dave Bautista) devise a poorly hatched plan to travel to Earth and kidnap Earth’s Legendary Hero, Kevin Bacon, and give him to Peter as a present. What could possibly go wrong?!?! I’ll give you a hint. Everything. Everything goes wrong.

The Guardians gang is all here for an outta this galaxy Holiday Special! It all the great things any Guardians of the Galaxy movie has: My favorite group of characters, great humor (Seriously, it’s so funny!), a fun action sequence, and fantastic music including two fun numbers original to the story: I Don’t Know What Christmas Is and Here It Is Christmastime.

I LOVED IT!!! I was smiling and laughing the entire time. It’s so much fun! And as usual, the story is heartwarming in a totally weird way that only Guardians of the Galaxy could pull off! I loved the focus on Drax and Mantis. I love these charts even more than I did before. Stream it now on Disney Plus. If you don’t, you’re really missing out!
A side note for parents: Damn is used 3 times. Shit is used once. Just a heads up in case you don’t want to expand your child’s vocabulary in a new colorful direction.

Guardians of the Galaxy 3 comes out May 5, 2023, and I can’t wait. Except I can because I’m not ready to say goodbye to any of these amazing characters yet! Be on the lookout for my reviews of Guardians 1&2 coming in the Spring.


My Spy and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Ex-military turned CIA agent JJ (Dave Bautista) gets busted by nine-year-old Sophie (Chloe Coleman) and is now at her mercy. He does whatever she asks in return for keeping information that he’s surveilling her and her mother a secret.

The plot is nothing new. The father figure to young girl story has been done many times, but it’s still funny and entertaining. There’s some language, though not as much as Common Sense Media would have you believe. (Guardians of the Galaxy was worse in comparison.) I wish they’d chosen someone other than Cardi B for the soundtrack that’s where some of the language comes from.

My Spy is fun family a ton flick worth checking out. It’s available to stream on Amazon Prime.

Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage), an apprentice of Merlin, recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a college physics genius, to help him stop evil sorceress Morgana le Fay from returning to destroy the world. Dave has to accept his destiny as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, succeed in his training, and in the process make a good impression on the girl of his dreams.

This is one of my favorite standalone fantasy movies. It’s a King Arthuresque tale full of magic, great special effects, and it even has a sweet little love story in the middle of it all. I recommend it. It’s available to stream on Disney Plus.