While the movie is a bit of a slow starter following the smart opening sequence with Scrat, Ice Age: Continental Drift does eventually finds its footing—even with a few too many characters vying for your attention. Anyone who’s sat through the three previous Ice Age outings will get that decidedly been-there-done-that feeling since the filmmakers aren’t shy about recycling their material, but there’s still enough verve to steer the story in a positive direction.

Filled with plenty of snarky one-liners, colorful set pieces and enough thrilling action beats to ensure the target audience (it’s not anyone over the age of 10) will stay in their seats for an hour and a half, Ice Age: Continental Drift probably won’t be the last time we hang out with Manny and his pals. If the audience shows even a modicum of interest, you know another installment won’t be far behind.

In the meantime, the franchise hasn’t melted yet, which is music to a parent’s ears when searching for a suitable entertainment option for a hot summer afternoon.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: None 
  • Language/Profanity: “Holy Crab!” stands in for its harsher counterpart. A couple of instances of rude scatological humor
  • Sex/Nudity: None
  • Violence: The violence is mostly of the slapstick variety, although our lead characters do find themselves in several perilous situations (extreme storms, on the edge of cliffs, etc.) as they try to return home that may frighten the younger set. Captain Gutt makes several threats against Manny, Diego and Sid. There’s also the sense of fear, for Peaches in particular, that her father will never make his way back home.

Publication date: July 13, 2012