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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Teamwork and loyalty matter: United you stand, divided you fall. Don't let your fears get the better of you.
Positive Role Models
The Avengers are all fighting for justice and to overthrow evil. Each has quirks and frailties, but ultimately they overcome their individual challenges to accomplish their greater mission. Many brands of heroism within the group: Captain America is always upstanding and squeaky clean, Iron Man can be selfish until matters come to a head, Thor tends to act first and ask questions later but has a strong sense of honor and duty, etc. Both female heroes require rescuing at some point.
Violence & Scariness
Constant explosive, destructive mayhem; it's cartoonish/over the top (i.e. not bloody/gory), but it's relentless. Characters get shot and die (one very sad death), cars go flying with people in them, skyscrapers are reduced to rubble, and more. Children are sometimes right in the line of fire, buildings implode, missiles fly, and innocent casualties are countless (though they're not lingered on). Lots of weapons (guns, hammers, shields, arrows, hands, bombs, and more) and fighting. Preventing civilian casualties is one of the Avengers' primary goals.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couples kiss; some flirting/banter. A few sexual innuendoes and form-fitting outfits/cleavage shots.
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"S--t" is the first word of the movie (though the character who says it is reprimanded for his language). Also "damn," "ass," "bastard," "hell," and "son-of-a-bitch."
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Products & Purchases
Products/labels seen include Audi, John Deere, Beats headphones, and Adidas. And the film is tied in to the vast merchandising/licensing efforts surrounding Marvel Comics.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some celebratory drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Avengers: Age of Ultron is the sequel to 2012's epic adventure The Avengers. Fans will love the mix of over-the-top action and humor as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) reteam to defeat Ultron (James Spader), an intelligent robot determined to wipe out humanity. The biggest issue, of course, is the explosive, comic book-style violence, which includes nonstop destruction, fighting, weapons, flipping cars, imploding buildings, citywide devastation, and massive civilian casualties implied. There's also one sad death, as well as some kissing/flirting/innuendo/cleavage, swearing ("s--t," "son of a bitch," etc.), and celebratory drinking. But as always with the Avengers, the ultimate message is that teamwork and loyalty will always save the day. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Blessed with a star-studded cast, this sequel makes sure that each of the bold-faced names gets his or her moment in the sun, resulting in a film that's sure to satisfy Marvel fanatics. And director Joss Whedon makes sure the action is as big as its stars: Androids do battle in breathtaking scenes, worlds literally fall apart, and superheroes rescue and do good from one breathless moment to the next. The dialogue moves pretty quickly, too, inflected with humor.
But this many important characters makes for a crowded movie, with little time to allow a complicated storyline actual room to unfurl. The plot feels secondary in Avengers: Age of Ultron, with the film mostly just careening from one battle scene to the next. There's little sense of real storytelling, mostly grandstanding. Still, there's definitely enough here to please fans of the movies and the original comic books.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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