Batman Forever

 
A flashy movie that's more like a video game.
  • Review Date: August 2, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1995
  • Running Time: 122 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Numerous fight scenes, with much gunfire, fisticuffs, speeding cars, and explosions. Only a few deaths, but each is violent and sadistic in a cartoonish way.

Sex

Suggestive verbal banter between Bruce and Chase. Two-Face's assistants wear revealing lingerie.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this installment of the Batman movie franchise deals with the deaths of both Bruce and Dick's parents, that 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.

What's the story?

In BATMAN FOREVER, Dick Grayson (Chris O'Donnell) discovers that his family was killed by evil villain Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), and the young man becomes Batman's (Val Kilmer) crime-fighting partner, Robin. The Dynamic Duo has their hands full when Two-Face teams up with The Riddler (Jim Carrey), who wants revenge against Bruce Wayne and also sets out to unmask Batman. The Caped Crusaders meet another formidable match in sultry psychiatrist Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman). The cast also features Drew Barrymore as Two-Face's girlfriend, Sugar, and Ed Begley, Jr. as the manager of Bruce Wayne's company.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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. The entire movie, in fact, 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about superheroes. How does Batman compare to, say, Superman? Is Batman always a good guy? What is the difference between vigilantism and justice?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 13, 1995
DVD release date:May 20, 1997
Cast:Chris O'Donnell, Jim Carrey, Val Kilmer
Director:Joel Schumacher
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Superheroes
Run time:122 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:strong stylized action.

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Written byAnonymous October 12, 2014
age 13+
 

Slightly less dark threequel is more like a comic then a movie

My rating: PG-13 for violence,suggestive humor and sexuality
Parent of a 13 year old Written byohya August 6, 2010
age 12+
 
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 15 years old Written bybubbo April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

Entertaining

Batman Forever is extremely cheesy and has a bad script, but is very entertaining, partly because Jim Carrey's villain is so over-the-top and fun to watch. Good for kids 10+
Teen, 14 years old Written bystar April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

After the first batman tim burton batman movie they just got worse.

This on is another stupid batman movie this and batman returns the villians in this two face and the riddle are so weird to each other it's stupid. I am going to say this again if you want a good batman movie go with batman begins or the original tim burton batman don't wast your tim with this it is sloppy and if you really wanted to you could show 5 year old batman fan this it's not scary and the violence is just comic book style.

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