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  • 3.0

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Wilson does amusingly steely work, while Page goes bonkers, giving her gleeful nut job one of the more memorable horselaughs in recent American film history.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    A giddily over-the-top, super-entertaining goof on the Everyman crimefighter flick written and directed with evident relish by James Gunn.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's really a one-joke movie, but the joke is a good one.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Uneven superhero film is wacky but violent, dark.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this inventive-but-uneven dramedy is being marketed as an edgy superhero flick, it's much darker than you might expect. In fact, it’s sometimes downright dreary. That, plus the violence -- including gouged cheeks and eyes, bludgeoned heads, a gun battle, explosions, and more -- as well as swearing ("f--k," "s--t," and more), sexual scenes (some partial nudity), and drug content (one of the main characters is shown shooting up drugs) makes this indie flick too intense for younger teens and tweens.

  • Families can talk about what makes someone a hero or a villain. Which category does Frank fall into? Why do you think he's compelled to fight crime -- and are his methods justifiable?
  • Is the violence gratuitous or necessary for the movie's tone and feel? How does it compare to other superhero movies?

The good stuff
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    Messages: It’s a little murky, and the violence is played for laughs, but perhaps the messages are that you can’t save someone else until you save yourself and that what you think may be the solution to a problem could actually just muddy the waters even more. Also: When life hands you lemons, go for broke and make a lemon meringue pie. Let everyone else settle for lemonade.

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    Role models: Though Frank appears well intentioned (and his loyalty to Sarah is admirable), he’s not exactly a role model. Despite her failings, Sarah is someone who seeks out answers/solutions, which, apparently, is better than being complacent.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A man in disguise clobbers people with a wrench; though he reserves that treatment for those who "hurt others," there’s little distinction in his definition of what that means between real crimes and, say, keying a car. Another man is bludgeoned with a decorative object. There's a major guns-ablaze showdown with explosives on the side. A man forces himself on a strung-out girl. People are shot point blank.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A man and a woman have sex (no nudity, just movements), and it doesn’t seem at first like he thinks it’s a good idea. A flashback scene shows a guy in the middle of a sex act displaying his behind; a separate imagined sequence shows a man having sex with another man (no outright nudity).

  • language false4

    Language: Everything from “bitch,” “whore,” and “a--hole” to "f--k" and "c--t."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Some product placement, including InTouch magazine; comic book-series name-dropping.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A man shoots a girl up with drugs. Friends pass a bong around. One of the supporting characters is a drug dealer.