Batman Forever

Movie review by Ed Grant, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Flashy live-action superhero tale has violence, vengeance.

PG-13 1995 122 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 69 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Uneven tone.

While the first Batman is the best live-action “dark” take, and Batman & Robin is the campiest, this film tries to do both, and does neither well.
age 12+

Great installment of the bat series - lingerie and objectification of women, but a fun show

Overall best movie of the first trilogy, well-produced and fun. Jim Carey earns his repuation as an outstanding riddler. I was disappointed that there weren't more jokes about "holy metal island, Batman!" Or similar... but a nice nod to the old Adam West era. I'm very cautious about young teens viewing sexual content, I believe it leads to many undesirable outcomes in life. In my opinion, this movie objectifies women unnecessarily, and it's rather typical of the 90's movie approach, which is unfortunate, but hopefully creates an opportunity to discuss the obvious flaws in the presentation of the women in this film (um.. all of the female roles, by the way, are shown as weak; merely workers performing a task they have to perform, for some reason, although it's never clear why - at least catwoman in the last film took control of her own destiny, for better or worse). Not mentioned in the Sexual Content in the CSM review: Scene with female lead laying in bed with only a sheet over her. She stands up and wears the sheet as a night gown. Not too revealing, but for some might be worth editing out. The lingerie is mentioned, and it is a bit more revealing than I would like for the teenage boy audience, however I decided it wasn't sufficient to edit out nor to prevent my 13 yr old from watching. SPOILER ALERT It's a bit harsh to say there are absolutely zero positive messages... There is a scene in which one character could have killed another character yet shows mercy, and that is a core lesson for the character to learn. Not that any teenager is going to notice amidst the lingerie and battle scenes, but... at least there's some ounce of decency in the movie.

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