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Commando Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Brainless, explosion-happy action ('80s style).

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this action marathon has countless rounds of ammunition fired, some characters bloodily riddled with bullets, necks broken, one arm cut off, numerous stabbings/impalements, falls from lethal heights, ginormous fiery explosions, car crashes/rocket launches (sometimes in combination), etc. Real do-not-try-this-at-home moments include the main character leaping from an ascending airline to the ground and using buzz-saw blades as deadly Frisbees. Swearing is at R-level, with the hero dropping the F-bomb just like the other characters. Oh, and he lies when he promises one character he'll only kill him last. There's one quick, topless peek of woman in bed, part of a couple interrupted in motel sex.

  • Families can talk about Schwarzenegger's famous defense of his action movies of this era as being mere "cartoon violence."
  • Does that really make all the deaths and mayhem in Commandoworthwhile entertainment? Would a more realistic approach have worked?
  • Who is your favorite action hero? Why?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Mainly the implied notions that Matrix is a devoted father, and the gung-ho vibe that one above-the-law guy with lots of firepower can take care of business, whereas police and legitimate military are useless.

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    Role models: Even though one commentator counted that he kills up to 95 or 96 people, Matrix is supposed to be a straight-ahead good guy and protective dad. The villain roster leans a little heavily toward dark-haired/darker-skinned foreign types (as opposed to Arnold, a very Anglo foreign type). Leading lady Stephanie is African American (rarer even back then than today), though at times she's a bit of a comic bumbler.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Blood spatters as people are shot, often multiple times. One arm cut off. An electrocution (oddly non-fatal), numerous stabbings/impalements, beat-downs, falls from lethal heights, big explosions, car crashes. One tranquilizer-darting. Another character fatally slammed into by a car. One character's neck broken.

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    Sex: Brief glimpse of a naked couple in bed when a motel-room door is broken town; bare breasts shown. The heroine pretends to be seducing a bad guy.

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    Language: The f-word repeatedly (once uttered by the hero), the s-word, "ass."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Matrix invited to have a beer.