Ralph Breaks the Internet

Theatrical Release: November 21, 2018
Ralph Breaks the Internet


The Dove Take

An imaginative and humorous nod to internet culture that dives into the nuances of loving someone enough to let them go.

Dove Review

The Synopsis

Six years after the events of Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.

The Review

Wreck-It Ralph is back and is as lovable and destructive as ever. In this charming and self-aware sequel, Ralph (John C. Reilly) and his best friend Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) travel to the Internet on a quest to save Vanellope’s game. Ralph manages to “break the Internet” as a viral trend, he nearly literally breaks the Internet with a virus, and his selfish insecurities puts his friendship with Vanellope in hot water. Ralph’s goodness and his love for Vanellope are the only things strong enough to conquer his reckless tendencies, save the Internet, and restore his friendship.

Ralph and Vanellope’s adventure leads them through imaginative renditions of online shopping, social media, video games, and the dark web. The Internet is depicted as a bustling and colorful metropolis with users and data streaming overhead. Twitter is depicted as a huge tree with a flock of birds tweeting the latest viral videos, while Ebay is shown auctioning off oddities to enthusiastic Internet users. Plenty of big brands like Google, Amazon, and Twitter make cameos in this film, and Disney does its fair share of flexing. Still, the whole film is simply charming–the inside jokes and puns alone are enough to make it worth a watch, not to mention the profoundly illustrated life lessons and endearing characters.

This film is surprisingly nuanced in the way it deals with friendship. It discusses the idea of selfish friendship, learning to let go, and friends supporting each other in the pursuit of their dreams. Ralph learns to love Vanellope despite the two of them having different needs and dreams. He realizes that he was being controlling and clingy, his love for Vanellope partly existing because she made his life better. Ralph learns that valuing Vanellope means allowing her to be who she was meant to be. That is hard for him; he feels betrayed at first, but after some introspection, Ralph makes the right choice.

Dove.org approves Ralph Breaks the Internet for All Ages.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: Ralph and Vanellope learn some hard lessons about friendship. They love each other deeply, and do anything they can to help each other.
Sex: None
Language: Occasional mild language and rude humor; "butt"; two out-of-context uses of "Good Lord," along with other mild language
Violence: Some mild video game violence
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: Rude humor and some imaginative and rather scary scenes of the dark web and internet viruses


Company: Disney
Producer: Clark Spencer
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 112 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Sam K.