Mystery Men

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Witty comic-book story is edgy, with lots of potty humor.

PG-13 1999 121 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 16+

Nudity

When the ladies clothes shrink, a women's breasts pop out of her shirt

This title has:

Too much sex
age 7+

Great Genre Parody

This is a charming genre parody that should have become more of a cult classic than it has. If your kid has seen and enjoyed superhero movies, s/he should find this funny. Mine last saw Teen Titans Go the Movies, which I'm sure drew inspiration from this. ("Caw-caw" and self-doubting B-grade heroes jealous of the majors.) Violence is more cartoonish and silly than anything in the current crop. I see little to object to for any age above 6: a couple sex inuendos that will go well over the heads of the pre-teens, some flirting and a tame kiss. The (anti-)"hero" gets fried grotesquely but cartoonishly; however, he was meant to deserve it for his arrogance, bravado, and condescension. (Not to mention his opportunism in soliciting product endorsements.) The real heroes – the mystery men – are relatable, sympathetic regular schmos with their own family issues, and their triumph despite their humanity and doubts is a fine message.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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