Secret Headquarters Movie Review

Secret Headquarters is the Perfect Family Friendly Movie to Watch this Year!

Ashley Drury, Sandscript Author

Owen Wilson now stars in the new family comedy Secret Headquarters. The movie is directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost and it came out on August 12, 2022, on the streaming service Paramount +. The superhero movie starred Owen Wilson, Walker Scobell, Jesse Williams, Keith L. Williams, Momona Tamada, Abby James Witherspoon, and Michael Peña. Secret Headquarters is a new fun kid-appropriate comedy movie with hilarious comedy 

The film is rated PG and follows a group of kids who stumble upon the guard’s lair (a famous superhero) which also happens to be located in Charlie Kincaid’s barely present father’s house. As the four begin to explore and discover the secret headquarters, danger arises from those who wish to take the guard’s energy source. As you watch the four try to do the right thing and defend the energy source from the main villain of the movie. You’ll be taken on an exciting adventure full of laughter and fun.

Personally, it felt like the movie’s full potential was held back because there were not a lot of locations causing only so much stuff to be done. It felt like they were repetitively prolonging some scenes for way too long. With almost 2 hours worth of film and only two main locations used it kept the storyline contained. If they were to have made more locations, the film would have been a lot better. I did like how they showed the resentment children hold for barely present parents, as it is a real thing children have to deal with. This makes the character more relatable to the audience and shows that not every family is perfect.

To be fair, this is a superhero movie targeted towards kids and is entertaining from a kids perspective. Even as a teenager I found myself laughing at the jokes being made throughout the movie. The child actors did a good job at delivering the comedy and their acting was actually bearable unlike some other movies with child actors. An honorable mention for comedy is Keith L. Williams, who played Berger, and did a great job delivering his jokes throughout the movie.  My favorite scene being the car chase scene where Berger and Lizzy panic and scream as Charlie drives while the police chase them. The chaos and the delivery of the lines by the actor made me laugh hysterically. 

Another thing that I liked about this movie were the special effects. Usually, when you watch a children’s movie the lines and special effects can sometimes lack in quality. With this movie, I found the special effects to be quality making the movie more enjoyable.

Secret Headquarters is a  family-friendly movie that is easy to watch not just for kids but for adults or teenagers as the humor can be well enjoyed beyond just children. I would recommend this as a family movie night option as most parents don’t want their children to watch PG-13 movies just yet, a safe but yet fun choice.