Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Toys come to life in big, boomy explosion fest.

PG-13 2007 144 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 134 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 239 reviews

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age 8+

Campy action is fun, not very realistic.

I don't remember exactly how old I was when I saw this movie the first time, but I know for a fact I was under ten. I was a pretty sensitive kid back then, but I don't remember anything in this movie upsetting me. I had a great time. Violence: Human soldiers are disintegrated by alien robots in several scenes. One sequence briefly depicts a man being impaled by a blade, several people are killed when large, throwing star styled discs are launched into their chests. Humans are shown using real guns in a variety of situations, but never against other humans. Some of the Titular giant robots are killed or injured, losing limbs or even being decapitated. Being completely mechanical, this isn't particularly shocking, but they do groan in pain, and glowing blue fluid flows from their injuries much like blood would from a human. Sexuality: While the female lead is depicted as competent, and honestly braver the main protagonist at times; she is also almost always wearing very short shorts, and has her midriff exposed. Consumerism: The film is based off of a toy line, which also sold action figures inspired by the movie. When I was young I didn't really buy any of them, but I'm sure some kids did. The film never really feels like a commercial, but it was clearly produced because Hasbro wanted to move more stock. Positive messages: There is a general message about self sacrifice throughout the film. The protagonist risks his life for the greater good, and the primary robot character offers to sacrifice his own life to save the world. The phrase "No sacrifice, no victory" is used to convey the moral of the story. Language: "Damn" "Hell" "What would Jesus do?" single use of the word "M***terbation" Positive Role Models: The heroes are portrayed as honorable and selfless. Unfortunately, both of the black characters are really only there for comic relief, and feel slightly stereotypical.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
4 people found this helpful.
age 13+

Not for under 13

This movie was not made for the kids of today. It was made for the boys who watched the cartoon as kids and are now adults who enjoy a good dose of adult language, innuendo and sex in their movies. The main characters are in highschool, and I don't think the movie is appropriate for anyone too young for highschool. Some kids might even find this movie awkward to watch with the opposite sex unless you know each other reallllllly well. Not saying that is everyone, but if you know who you are, you know who you are. Just a fair warning. There is a lot of violence, but it should be expected so I won't add anything about that.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
1 person found this helpful.

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