So I screened the Safety movie on Disney Plus a few days ago thanks to Disney Plus and of course I had to share my review and favorite quotes in time for the movie’s release. I was super excited to watch Safety when I first heard it was coming out because it’s such an amazing story. However, I watched it without my daughter and …
Here’s Everything Parents Need To Know About Safety On Disney Plus
This Parent Review is also for Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, Godparents, and anyone else who may be looking to watch the Safety movie on Disney Plus with kids.
What is the Safety movie about?
So the Safety movie on Disney Plus, is about a Black college kid named Ray McElrathbey (Jay Reeves), who gets a scholarship to attend Clemson University to play football. But between football practice and a full load of college courses, like 18 college credit courses worth of courses, Ray is barely getting by and his coaches are losing faith in the kid they recruited who once showed so much potential.
Things take for a turn for the worse when Ray finds out his little brother is also struggling at home, so he hops on a bus and heads back home in the middle of the night to see what’s wrong. Once Ray notices that their mom isn’t around, he decides to take his his 11-year-old brother Fahmarr (Thaddeus J. Mixson) back to school with him.
Having his brother with him makes life a whole lot harder, and throughout the movie Ray slowly begins to learn what it takes to raise a kid, and why accepting help can be good thing, or a bad thing. With Ray’s team and community behind him, Ray begins to accept his new role in his brother’s life, while he learns to juggle everything life has thrown him.
If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, check it out here: Safety Movie Trailer
Is this movie kid-friendly?
Is this movie best for younger kids? Older kids?
All ages! If your kid likes sports and/or sports movies, they’ll also enjoy Safety.
Are there any inappropriate scenes or components for kids? (ex: language, songs, etc.)
Nope. Nothing at all. Even the bit of romance between the kids are innocent enough for all kids to watch.
Are there any positive messages in this movie?
Yup! Throughout the entire film we learn that it takes a village to raise a kid, and that it’s completely okay to accept help when you need it. We also learn the importance of family, even if they’re not biological, and that it’s okay to open up and let people in. Just because you’re going through a hard time, doesn’t mean you have to suffer in silence.
How scary is the Safety movie?
Not scary at all!
Is there a ton of violence in this movie?
Nope. None! There’s a moment that feels like something could happen, but it defuses super quickly, so it’s nothing to worry about.
Was this worth the price of a monthly Disney Plus subscription for our family?
Yeah! I mean, Disney Plus movies are usually okay in my book. But this one was great! I really enjoyed this movie and I’m sure my kid will too.
But of course, it’s different for each family, so keep your family in mind when reading my thoughts. YOU know your family best.
So if your family would totally enjoy Safety, it’ll totally be worth it. If your family doesn’t care for inspiring films, or films about sports, maybe they won’t care more for this?
Will parents actually enjoy this movie?
Oh yeah! I watched this one alone and I totally loved it!
Are there any catchy songs kids may remember or get stuck in your head?
There are a ton of old songs we millennials will know, but there isn’t anything original for kids to sing. This may introduce your kids to the songs we once listened to growing up if they haven’t heard them yet though, so there’s that!
Do you need to watch the end credits?
Yes! Watch them! There’s a clip at the end of the real Ray being on Oprah that I think everyone should see.
Anything else worth mentioning?
Well, of course, there is!
If you’ve read my movie reviews on Popcorn and Tequila (my movies + tv shows blog for adults) then you know I ALWAYS have a ton to say.
So here are some other things worth mentioning …
- This movie is such a Black film, like ‘Lean Back’ and Lauryn Hill Black, and I love it!
- I cried a lot! Like a LOT! Like I’m still on the verge of tears when I think about it.
- I realize now that this was kind of a period piece, which would explain the music, and the wardrobe! (I mean those stripes on his shirt? I haven’t seen those kind of stripes in years!)
- I don’t like the way the sound is mixed much, because it feels so cluttered, but it’s bearable.
- This is such a good movie. Such a good story! If you liked Coach Carter, this is Coach Carter’s baby brother.
- I have a weak spot for at risk kids. I worked with kids over the last 10 years, since I was about 16, so this movie is a really big deal for me.
- I relate to this story personally so much, as a Black single mom, so this hits harder.
- This may be the most important movie I’ve seen all year, personally.
- I still can’t believe he did all of this just for a waiver that said he was allowed to get help. He had to fight to do the right thing!
- This movie makes me so damn mad for so many reasons! (Which I’ll write about on Popcorn and Tater Tots later today.)
- So many people don’t understand how much Black kids go through! I don’t think this will help them understand much but they’ll be more aware.
That’s about it!
I hope this movie review helps you make a decision on whether or not the Safety movie is right for you and your family.
Movies are supposed to be a fun activity for parents and kids to enjoy together, but there’s nothing worse than paying for a movie that your kid HATES. So I really do hope this helped!
If it did, please let me know in the comments.