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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some characters are verbally and physically bullied, but aside from over-the-top comic-book-style superheroism, not much is done to address it.
Positive Role Models
When not Antboy, Pelle Norman must learn to be true to who he is instead of trying to be "cool" to fit in.
Violence & Scariness
Verbal and physical bullying. Bullies at an ice rink hit and trip skaters with hockey sticks. Antboy punches bad guys in the crotch region. Comic-book-style battles and peril. Apparent death of one of the main characters.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Tame and awkward tween interactions at school, dances. Antboy's pants fall down while he's trying to ask out a girl. Antboy urinates into a toilet.
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"Piss." Bullies call those they torment names such as "loser" and "weirdo," and Antboy uses the same names for them.
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Products & Purchases
Kids talk about going to see a "Marvel" film, then are shown watching it in a theater.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Antboy: Revenge of the Red Fury is a 2014 Danish tween superhero movie sequel to Antboy that contains some inappropriate humor and verbal and physical bullying. The superhero Antboy is shown urinating into a toilet, and his urine breaks the toilet. In another scene is the audible sound of flatulence. Two teen bullies who later transform into bad guys with superpowers verbally taunt an awkward tween girl trying to ice skate for the first time; they call her "loser" and "weirdo" before knocking her to the ground, and they knock down other skaters with hockey sticks. Antboy defeats another pair of bad guys by punching them in their crotch regions. The girl who is bullied on the ice rink later tries to get revenge on Antboy after she feels spurned by him and becomes angry and bitter at the whole world for rejecting her as a "misfit." Through the power of her mind, she causes Antboy's pants to fall down while he's trying to ask out a girl he's had a crush on for a long time. Aside from comic-book-style heroism, there really are no consequences for bullying, which seems to be shown more as a "fact of life" at school instead of something that's wrong. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Though not without some charm in its attempts to fuse superhero action with universal tween growing pains, this movie ultimately falls short. Nothing concrete really emerges from the action, and it doesn't add much that wasn't already in the original movie. Only one character seems to change for the better; overall, bullying doesn't really warrant much beyond a shrug and some over-the-top comic-book-style action. And because the movie is trying to do two things at once, it often falls short as the story gets muddled between "the new kid" in school trying to steal Pelle/Antboy's love interest from him and Maria's various humiliations causing her to become a villain, to say nothing of Pelle/Antboy's vacillations between being a superhero and being a kid. What should be a much simpler story is far too complex, and needlessly so.
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