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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Characters too cartoonish overall to be seen as role models.
Violence & Scariness
Numerous fight scenes, with gunfire, fisticuffs, speeding cars, and explosions. Only a few deaths, but each is violent and sadistic in a cartoonish way. Flashback scene in which Bruce Wayne recalls the death of his father, shot in front of him on the street. Dick Grayson witnesses the death of his family when Two-Face kills them at the circus.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Suggestive verbal banter between Bruce and Chase. Two-Face's assistants wear revealing lingerie. The Riddler brags of how he can now see the sexual fantasies of everyone in Gotham due to his mind-reading invention.
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"Hell" used occasionally. The Riddler uses the word "Joygasm."
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Products & Purchases
Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Batman Forever is the 1995 installment of the Batman movie franchise. This movie goes into the deaths of both Bruce and Dick's parents, with flashback scenes showing Bruce's father shot and killed on the street while a young Bruce watches in horror. Batman and his pals are placed in jeopardy several times; at one point, the Caped Crusader is believed to have been buried alive, and that when Batman finally does catch his opponents, he kills them rather than bringing them to justice. Vengeance is a recurring theme to the movie. Some of the imagery (directed by Tim Burton) might be too scary for younger and more sensitive viewers. The Riddler brags of how he can now read the sexual fantasies in the minds of everyone in Gotham thanks to his latest invention. "Hell" is used occasionally. The Riddler uses the word "Joygasm." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The third entry in the live-action movie series avoids the grim tone of its predecessors, and Val Kilmer makes a heroic Caped Crusader. But this third installment in the series is more interested -- unfortunately -- in the ridiculous villains. Younger viewers will become restless during the dramatic moments, which are simply prolonged interludes between the numerous action sequences. In fact, the entirety of Batman Forever seems to resemble a video game, thanks to an emphasis on bright colors, grandiose settings, and repetitive fight scenes.
Though younger kids may not warm to Robin's tired teen-rebel pose, director Joel Schumacher emphasizes O'Donnell's sex appeal for those who are interested. Val Kilmer physically suits the role of Bruce Wayne better than his predecessor Michael Keaton, but the superhero is still the same driven yet dreary soul of the first two movies. Operating at full throttle, as always, are the movie's villains. Tommy Lee Jones transforms the fascinating Two-Face into a mere Joker clone, while Jim Carrey offers his usual hyperkinetic shtick as The Riddler.
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