Directed by Stephen Hillenburg, starring the voices of Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Jeffrey Tambor and Scarlett Johansson.

Stephen Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob and his fishy friends, brings his cartoon characters to the big screen in a movie that's actually much more appropriate for an adult audience than for children.

All is well in the underwater world of Bikini Bottom as SpongeBob SquarePants (voiced by Kenny) eagerly anticipates his appointment as the new manager of Mr Krabs' fast food restaurant. Unfortunately though, Mr Krabs gives the job to another employee, seeing SpongeBob as just a kid. When Mr Krabs' rival, Plankton, frames him for the theft of King Neptune's (Tambor) crown, SpongeBob and his pal Patrick (Fagerbakke) set off to retrieve it and prove that they're men.

But the road to Shell City is fraught with danger and SpongeBob and Patrick struggle to find the courage they need to complete their mission. Help comes at just the right time when mermaid princess Mindy (Johansson) appears to spur them on.

If you thought 'The Simpsons' was brimming with double entendre and sexual innuendo, then you'll probably be shocked by what you see and hear from SpongeBob and his pals if you're not familiar with the television series. References to drunkenness and drug taking are thinly veiled and should make any parent think twice about taking their children to see this.

'The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie' is an uncomfortable fusion of child-friendly format and adult content. It aims to appeal to children and adults equally, but the result is a movie that could have involved a lot more subtlety to make its points and may make even the most liberal moviegoer uneasy at sitting in an audience full of children to watch it.

Katie Moten