A LEGO Brickumentary

Rated G 92 minutes 2015

Remember when The Lego Movie was about to come out and everybody was like "Ugh, it's just going to be a shitty ad for toys," but then it turned out it was hilarious and delightful and amazing? Well, now there's a documentary about Legos, and guess what: it's just a shitty ad for toys. Obnoxiously narrated by Jason Bateman (who shamelessly reads copy like "the genius of the Lego system..."), A Lego Brickumentary fawns over the massive Danish company and its products while visiting Lego conventions (where women are so uncommon they're referred to as "one-by-fives"—the same term used for a rare Lego piece), pandering to "AFOL"s ("adult fans of Lego"), talking to artists who sculpt with the toy (one spends "over six figures annually" on bricks), and fitting in sound bites from the likes of Trey Parker, Ed Sheeran, and Dwight Howard. This rambling infomercial eventually spends a few minutes talking about stuff that's actually interesting—like how how autism therapists and NASA scientists have found inventive uses for the toy—but by then it's too little, too late. Everything is not awesome. (93 min.).

Film Credits

Official Site: radiustwc.com/releases/a-lego-brickumentary

Director: Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson

Writer: Daniel Junge, Davis Coombe and Kief Davidson

Producer: Brendan Kiernan, Justin Moore-Lewy, Chris Brown, Jim Packer, Bob Lewis and Jill Wilfert

Cast: Jason Bateman


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