Parents' Guide to

Elektra

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Violent comic book movie with lingerie costumes.

Movie PG-13 2005 100 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

Fairly clean show w/ good special effects, average overall

My top priority - avoiding overly sexualized content for youth. For 30 or 40 minutes of the movie I'd estimate, Jennifer Garner is wearing a mildly provocative outfit, low cut and revealing her midriff. The good news is that it isn't that bad, imo. Also they do NOT make her wear that for the entire show, I appreciate that decision. 2 kisses, not very passionate, no other sexual content, another great decision... There is some mild language, and there are definitely evil and scary images. Dark magic plays a key role in the bad guys' strategy, and could be alarming for younger children. They try to weave themes of redemption, testing yourself, and honor into the show, which is appreciated, but overall it's just an average movie with some fun special effects. I want to say that Elektra is a strong female character, but overall my impression is that she is not. She has her demons, and the way they portray her is still somehow weaker than the men around her... so if you're looking for the sort of show to inspire young women, I don't recommend this one. Not very compelling. Teens who are crazy for the Marvel universe will appreciate this one, it's just OK, and it avoids the pitfalls the more recent Marvel movies dabbled in... I'll be letting my 11 or 12 year olds watch it, depending on their individual tolerance for the scary imagery... We don't need nightmares over an average movie.
age 15+

Not that great

This was an OK movie, but has some violence. It will need some editing for viewers under the age of 15 overall it was just all right.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This is a comic book movie that feels like it might have been made for the Lifetime channel ... with costumes by Victoria's Secret. To paraphrase the most famous line from A League of Their Own, "there's no crying in comic book movies" -- at least there shouldn't be, not by the superhero, anyway. Yes, there is kick-boxing, and stuff blows up. There is faux-meaningful comic book dialogue like "This ends here." And there are some cool special effects. But there's too much focus on Elektra's past and feelings and not enough focus on making the rest of the good or bad guys interesting.

There are some good action sequences, the best borrowing from the far-better Hong Kong films. Garner is toned and that midriff-baring costume makes her look more like Comic Book Barbie than like a killer. But she is also toned down. We get almost no chance to see those marvelous dimples or even any facial expressions other than "tortured" and "resolute."

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