Antboy 3

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Quirky superhero sequel has potty humor, action violence.
  • NR
  • 2016
  • 84 minutes

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age 10+
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Positive Messages

Teamwork. Believing that people can change for the better. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters too cartoonish to be seen as positive role models.

Violence

Superhero action violence. A villain throws a statue at Antboy, hitting him and seemingly knocking him unconscious. This same villain throws a car into a building. Pelle -- the teen boy who changes into Antboy -- falls backwards from a second-story window, landing in a flowerbed. Fights between superheroes involving punches and kicks. 

Sex

Pelle is caught in the girls' locker room looking through undergarments under the pretext of trying to locate the source of the smell of an unknown new superhero. 

Language

A young boy interviewed during a newscast says a statue is "ugly as hell." Two superheroes go back and forth calling each other "smartass." 

Consumerism

Based on the Antboy book series. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Antboy 3 is a Danish movie (with English overdubs) that is part of the film series based on the book series. There's occasional superhero violence -- a supervillain hits Antboy with a thrown statue and throws a car into a building. A young boy being interviewed on the news describes a statue as being "ugly as hell." Two superheroes go back and forth calling each other "smartass." There's a scene in which a bodybuilder produces flatulence while lifting weights, and in another scene, Pelle (the "mild-mannered" teen version of Antboy) is caught in the girls' locker room looking through undergarments under the pretext of trying to locate the source of the smell of an unknown new superhero. 

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Adult Written bySolo Fide May 26, 2017

The Fun continues!

In Antboy 3 we see a Pelle now in his adolescence as the writers continue their streak of mostly clean, enjoyable kid drama. Antboy's arch enemy "Fle... Continue reading

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What's the story?

In ANTBOY 3, Pelle Nohrmann (aka Antboy) (Oscar Dietz) has once again almost singlehandedly eliminated the crime in his town. So much so, in fact, that he decides to follow his girlfriend Ida (Amalie Kruse Jensen) to a distant boarding school, much to the chagrin of his best friend Wilhelm (Samuel Ting Graff). However, he begins to rethink this plan when the notorious Gaemelkra, the mad scientist who had transformed himself into the archvillain Flea before Antboy sent him to prison, has been released for good behavior. While seemingly trying to be on the up and up, Gaemelkra is nonetheless roped into working for Xofarm and its new CEO, Alicia Dufort. There is also a new superhero in town, a skateboarding karate expert who is simply known by The Hero Without a Name. When it's revealed that Dufort wishes to use Gaemelkra's technology and chemical potions for evil, it's up to Antboy, with some unlikely allies, to find a way to stop her. 

Is it any good?

Like the previous two Antboy movies, this movie features quirky characters, moments of awkward teen embarrassment, and a playful take on the superhero story. The English voiceovers might get annoying from time to time, but aren't distracting enough to make kids lose interest in the story. There's action that's not gratuitously violent, characters who are developed enough and likable, and villains who are creepy enough to be despised but not likely to cause nightmares. 

And whereas there is so often a lowering of quality with each successive sequel to a movie franchise, no matter the genre, Antboy 3 manages to be as good, if not better, than the previous two releases. It's an enjoyable mix of humor and action, bravery and awkwardness, the fearlessness of superheroes with the drama of early adolescence. It can also be enjoyed on its own, without having to watch the first two Antboy movies. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about superhero movies. How does Antboy 3 both follow and play with the conventions that typically define the superhero genre? 

  • This is a Danish movie with English voiceovers rather than English subtitles. Which do you prefer -- voiceovers or subtitles? Why? 

  • What would be the challenges in adapting a book series into a film? 

  • Have you seen the first two movies? How does this one compare?

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