Michael's Movie Grade: B
This movie feels like an extended episode of the TV show, however it is like a really good episode.
While the story is larger than the average episode of the show, it remains (like the show) more about the characters and humor than the story. Candace takes center stage here (as you might have guessed from the title) and this movie shows how good of a character she really is. She could have easily been the one note antagonist for her brothers and in lesser hands she definitely would have been. This movie shows us that beyond all her annoyance she truly loves her brothers and as silly and over the top as this movie is, this emotional center works and keeps the film relatable. I also love how Phineas and Ferb love their sister as well and aren't simply trying to drive her crazy as they would in lesser hands. This movie reaffirms and expands on these relationships in a way that is honestly quite touching. This of course does not mean that the humor takes a backseat. The examination of these characters is so well woven in that it can still be there and effective while the film spends most of its running time focusing on the humor. While not every joke in this movie works (it definitely has its share of clunkers), there are definitely some laugh out loud moments to be found. The songs while not especially memorable are a lot of fun and often feature quite clever lyrics.
This may not be a masterpiece but for cartoon lovers and fans of the show there is a lot to enjoy.
-Michael J. Ruhland