On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. On the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, Charlie Watson discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. (IMDb)
An endearing, multi-faceted lead (complete with emotional coming-of-age arc–see the big dive–and awkward and sweet summer crush), an unlikely friendship, a simple plot, cheesy alien robots, a charming 80s setting (the many song breaks are great), and classic Americana side characters (cue geeky stepdad named Ron and sniveling younger brother) all add up to a great family movie night movie, equal parts corny and cool and always fun. Cena’s Agent Burns never quite clicks with it though.
7.5/10 (Really Good)