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Adventures of Power Review

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  • 2.0

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  • 50

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    Los Angeles Times

    Adventures of Power just may teach the world that, as hard as it is to catch the wind, it's harder still to drum the air.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    The film--despite some successful goofs and a defiantly dorky Phil Collins tribute--can't quite win for trying.

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  • 50

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    Absurdist underdog yarn that feels positively Martian in its brand of tom-tomfoolery. Like a "Saturday Night Live" sketch gone on too long, Ari Gold's feature debut will tax unsuspecting viewers, while sending those on Gold's special wavelength into seizures of delight.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The New York Times Neil Genzlinger

    Sprinkled with moderately amusing comic moments, but basically your enjoyment of this film will be proportional to your tolerance for the one-joke phenomenon of air drumming.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    As a spoof of against-all-odds sports movies, "Power" has its moments. But for most of its running time, it buys into the feel-good formula, aiming to blend silliness and social issues into an inspirational tale

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Underdog comedy is no Napoleon Dynamite.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this tedious Napoleon Dynamite wannabe has some comedic violence (including beatings and martial arts), some kissing and suggestive talk, and a bit of strong language (including words like "p---y" and "ass"). There are also some fairly broad ethnic caricatures that border on stereotypes. The movie is ostensibly about following your dreams, but the positive message doesn't come through very well thanks to the main character's clueless self-absorption.

  • Families can talk about the film's one-note depiction of variousethnic groups, from wacky Chinese restaurant owners to afro-sportingAfrican-Americans. Are these portrayals stereotypical?
  • What do you think about the movie's "follow your dreams" theme -- is the film mocking or endorsing Power's outsider dream?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie thinks it has a positive message about believing in your dreams, but it's ultimately more of a message that viewers are supposed to love its lame, awkward lead character. The film also depicts a labor-vs.-management showdown, in which the lead character's air drumming dreams inspire the strikers to bet back on the line -- but it plays more like a bitter joke than a sweet moment.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The film wants to make the title character, Power, a hero in the Napoleon Dynamite/beautiful outsider mold, but ultiamately he's far too self-absorbed and pleased with himself to be sympathetic or inspiring. There's also some broad ethnic stereotyping.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Some comedic scuffling; police use truncheons when interrupting an illegal "air drumming" competition; strike-breaking thugs beat union members. A cook uses apron-based marital arts. A man is beaten by muggers.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A preteen boy asks someone when the last time was that he "sucked down some hussy spit." A passing man asks of a woman honking her horn, "I know the horn blows, but does the driver? Some kissing.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language, including "p---y," "gay," "ass," and "piss." "Tonto" is used to describe a Native American; an Indian character is called "Jihad." "Retarded" is used as an insult.

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    Consumerism: Only one brand, eBay, is mentioned by name.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Of-age characters drink beer and hard liquor (underage characters are seen in a bar, but they only drink soda); background characters smoke cigarettes.