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Heavy Metal Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

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Gory, sexy animated fantasy is too much for most teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Heavy Metal is an animated film aimed at teens, but its sexual and violent content makes it inappropriate for most. There are horrifying images of young characters dying, plus fighting, shooting with guns, and slicing with swords. A terrified young girl is a central, disturbing image. Several big-breasted women remove their clothes to sleep with men. There's strong innuendo, toplessness, and full-frontal nudity (mostly women, but men too). Language is strong (including "f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole"). Two aliens snort huge lines of a white powder that makes them spacey.

  • Families can talk about the movie's rampant violence. Is this kind of violence thrilling or appealing? Is it over-the-top? What effect does it have?
  • Is the strong sex and nudity in the movie appealing? What messages does this movie send about women's roles? Why are male and female bodies so exaggerated in comics and cartoons?
  • Do you think this movie is designed for teens?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Ostensibly there's something here about resisting temptation and evil, but the real point of the movie is to experience generous helpings of animated sex and violence.

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    Role models: The characters here are violent, greedy, sex-crazed drug-users, and their actions mostly occur with little or no consequences.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Very strong fantasy violence here; the movie is animated, so the violence loses a bit of oomph compared to a live-action movie. The most disturbing include a green glowing ball terrifying a young girl (her expression sends chills down the spine), and a boy dying after being run through with several spikes. (His eyes roll up in his head as the life drains out of them.) Otherwise, there is lots of hand-to-hand fighting, guns and shooting, fighting with swords, and beheadings. Some characters are melted away, turning into skeletons before they disappear. There's also general rampaging and chaos.

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    Sex: Several big-breasted, cartoon fantasy women remove their clothes and have sex with men. Some women are topless, and some are seen full-frontal. There's some full-frontal male nudity as well. Prostitutes are shown, as well as images of a "red light district." There is strong innuendo throughout.

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    Language: Two uses of "f--k" and one use of "s--t," plus several uses of "a--hole." Additionally, "ass," "Goddamn," "dork," "bitch," "hell" are heard, plus a middle finger gesture.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Two aliens snort huge lines of a fictitious white powdered drug. It affects them like pot. They seem spacey and stoned, as they try to dock a spaceship. A human character mentions "beer in the fridge," but he doesn't drink any.