Family Movie Review – The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2021)

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Me – hi, we’ve met.
MyHusband – in a relationship for 10+ years; fluent in sarcasm, Dodgeball quotes, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail facts.
MyChild – 9 years old; current* favorite movie:  Hotel Transylvania 3
*subject to change at any moment

Movie – The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2021)

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2021) movie poster

Movie Synopsis:
In the first-ever all CGI SpongeBob motion picture event, SpongeBob SquarePants, his best friend Patrick, and the Bikini Bottom gang star in their most epic adventure movie yet! When SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary goes missing, a path of clues leads SpongeBob and Patrick to the powerful King Poseidon, who has Gary held captive in the Lost City of Atlantic City. On their mission to save Gary, SpongeBob and his pals team up for a heroic and hilarious journey where they discover nothing is stronger than the power of friendship. (source – Rotten Tomatoes)

My Take:

We watched this on a family movie night recently through Amazon Prime. As a huge SpongeBob fan, MyChild was thrilled to finally be able to see this one. My husband and I were on board because the cartoons have really grown on us.

Honestly, for all the hype and delays, this movie was… fine.

Yes, it was cute. Yes, it had some funny parts. Did I LOVE that Awkwafina and Tiffany Haddish were involved? Yes, yes I did.


There are a few other surprise cast members that make the movie very fun – no spoilers, though.

Overall, I enjoyed the move, but I like The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water much better.

The Final Verdict

SK Movie Rating Scale

Me:            3.5 stars
MyHusband: 4 stars
MyChild: 4 stars

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Book Review – The Thief of Blackfriars Lane

The Thief of
Blackfriars Lane
by Michelle Griep

The Thief of Blackfriars Lane by Michelle Griep book cover

The Thief of Blackfriars Lane by Michelle Griep

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Book Description:

Constable Jackson Forge intends to make the world safer, or at least the streets of Victorian London. But that’s Kit Turner’s domain, a swindler who runs a crew that acquires money the old-fashioned way—conning the rich to give to the poor. When a local cab driver goes missing, Jackson is tasked with finding the man, and the only way to do that is by enlisting Kit’s help. If Jackson doesn’t find the cabby, he’ll be fired. If Kit doesn’t help Jackson, he’ll arrest her for thievery. Yet neither of them realize those are the least of their problems.

My Take:

I received a digital copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and NetGalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.

An overly eager police rookie makes some major mistakes and faces termination from the one job they’ve always dreamed of having. Presented with one last chance – to solve an unsolvable case in 48 hours – they must work with an unlikely ally from the streets.
Will they solve the case or will they lose their dream?

Synopsis from Zootopia or The Thief of Blackfriars Lane?

Whichever you picked; you were right.
They are nearly identical.

The first third of the book had me rolling my eyes at all the similarities. I stuck with the book, though, because I wanted to see if the author was just starting out this way and then would pull out a plot twist to make it all different. No such luck.

This story was cute and it was a good read, but it was just like Zootopia.

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The Final Verdict

SK Book Rating Scale

My rating: 3 stars

Would I recommend? Yes

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