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Ralph Breaks the Internet

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Six years after introducing audiences to Vanellope von Schweetz (voiced by Sarah Silverman) and zero-to-hero Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) in Wreck-it Ralph, Disney reunites the two just in time for Thanksgiving break in RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET.

Best friends Vanellope and Ralph now spend their days in their respective games and evenings, once Litwak’s Family Fun Center & Arcade closes, enjoying time together over drinks at Tapper. But when Vanellope begins to question her predictable life and whether she is destined for more, Ralph hatches a plan that backfires breaking the Sugar Rush steering wheel and putting the future of the video game in question. In order to protect the game and all of its inhabitants, the pair decide to venture into the newest addition to Litwak’s: the Internet.

Ralph celebrates and skewers all that is good and bad about the web from cat videos and food shaped like celebrities to autofill and Internet trolls. The colorful playground is packed with in-your-face product placement by Facebook, Amazon, Google, and many others, yet its eBay that scores with its winning bid that has Vanellope and Ralph attempting to secure a new steering wheel for the arcade from the online auction giant.

The cast is rounded out with a now married Felix (voiced by Jack McBrayer) and Sergeant Calhoun (voiced by Jane Lynch); cameos by Pac-Man, Sonic, and many fun easter egg appearances; and new character, Shank (voiced by Gal Gadot), a badass racer who Vanellope takes an immediate infatuation with. Ralph’s insecurity with Vanellope and Shank’s newfound friendship causes the film to go slightly off the rails, but with Disney being Disney, they bring the BFFs back together with an ending sure to leave a smile, and perhaps a tear, on the face of those young and old.

While the sequel doesn’t live up to the original, Disney deserves credit for being able to laugh at itself with the inclusion of Disney princesses recast in a light that highlights them as strong women not reliant on “a big strong prince”. Vanellope may be cute, Ralph may be a lovable dolt, but its the 14 princesses who steal the film. Well, the princesses and the extra scenes during and after the credits. The one halfway through the credits offers the biggest laugh.

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Movie Reelist Contributor: Mark Eaton
Mark is an entertainment junkie, spending much of his leisure time watching movies, TV, or listening to any and all genres of music. Most evenings, after finishing a day of work and hanging with his wife and kids, Mark can be found in an eternal battle with his DVR, trying to clear it before another 5-6 hours of shows are recorded the next day. Still reeling from his unpaid gig for the Detroit News where he was fired for being too cruel with his American Idol recaps, Mark is thrilled to be sharing his wicked sense of humor with Movie Reelists.

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