Batman & Robin

Movie review by
Ed Grant, Common Sense Media
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Weak superhero movie has lots of innuendo, some violence.
  • PG-13
  • 1997
  • 130 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 94 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No positive messages. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models. 

Violence

Hand-to-hand combat, gunshots, choking, fights with hockey sticks. Motorcycle racing that nearly leads to a fatality. 

Sex

Practically everything out of Poison Ivy's mouth is sexual innuendo or double entendre. As Alicia Silverstone's character becomes Batgirl for the first time, there are gratuitous close-ups of her breasts and buttocks in the skintight superhero costume. 

Language

While direct mild profanity is infrequently used ("hell," "damn"), the movie is a constant barrage of sexual innuendo and puns of profanity. Mr. Freeze says, "Let's kick some ice," for instance; Batman, in an argument with Robin, calls him by his real name, "Dick," while emphasizing the word so that it means something more than his name. 

Consumerism

Well-known comic book characters also seen in toy merchandise, on clothing, etc. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Champagne drinking at a gala event. Scene showing the classic urban trope of transients standing around a flaming metal barrel while passing around a bagged bottle of booze. Cigar smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Batman & Robin is a 1997 action movie in which George Clooney and Chris O'Donnell play campier versions of "The Dynamic Duo" than portrayals more commonly seen in recent decades. Practically everything out of Poison Ivy's (Uma Thurman) mouth is either sexual innuendo or double entendre. After Batgirl puts on her costume for the first time, the camera zooms in on her buttocks and breasts in the skintight outfit. Direct mild profanity is used infrequently, but bad puns like Mr. Freeze saying "Let's kick some ice!" are in abundance, and in one scene, Batman, in a heated argument with Robin, emphasizes Robin's real first name, "Dick," in a way that clearly means more than someone's first name. Action movie violence occurs throughout: machine guns and handguns, punches, kicks, choking. An illegal motorcycle street race nearly results in a fatality. There's some drinking and cigar smoking. This is not one of the most loved movies of the Batman franchise; families can use this one as a springboard to discuss what makes a movie "good," and even why there are disagreements between viewers as to a movie's overall quality and entertainment value. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTAPQ May 27, 2020

...bad

hard to imagine hearing someone honestly say that they think it's good
Adult Written byppsupreme2024 October 12, 2019

This Movie Is Hilarious!

Obviously this movie is really bad, but that’s why it’s freaking funny! I watch this whenever I want to laugh my ass off. If you hate silliness, then don’t watc... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byRedfire July 11, 2014

GARBAGE!

EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS MOVIE IS ABSOLUTE GARBAGE! IF YOUR KIDS WANNA SEE IT, AND THEY LOVE BATMAN, TELL THEM IT IS SO AWFUL THAT IT WILL RUIN BATMAN FOR THEM!... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 16, 2011

Skip it at all costs

I hate this stupid film. Even if you get past the corny villains you won't get past Robin and Batgirl. The worst Batman movie ever.

What's the story?

The caped crusaders battle not one but two supervillains in director Joel Schumacher's second Batman film. When an experiment gone wrong transforms Dr. Victor Fries (Arnold Schwarzenegger) into the evil Mr. Freeze, it's up to Batman (George Clooney) and Robin (Chris O'Donnell) to stop him from turning Gotham City into an arctic wasteland. Meanwhile, another scientific endeavor goes awry, changing timid horticulturalist Pamela (Uma Thurman) into vicious Poison Ivy. The dynamic duo must also stop her from wiping out humankind in her quest to create a vegetation-only planet. Batman and Robin get some help when butler Alfred's niece (Alicia Silverstone) comes to visit and becomes the crime-fighting Batgirl.

Is it any good?

This by-the-numbers Bat-sequel is an outright rip-off of the preceding entries in the series. The introduction of Batgirl and Alfred's first step to center stage can't compensate for the uninteresting supervillains. The movie draws its depiction of Poison Ivy straight from the Catwoman section of Batman Returns, and takes its hastily forged supervillains from both Batman Returns and Batman Forever. Batman & Robin's recurrent refrain of a villain invading a high-society gala is also from Batman Forever.

Unlike its three predecessors, which wound up making the villains more fascinating than Batman, Batman & Robin succeeds in making both the villains and the heroes equally uninteresting. The villains spout nothing but pun-filled taglines, and good guys mostly spew tedious platitudes about teamwork. Even younger viewers will notice the overly simple plot, especially if they've seen the far-better-scripted animated adventures Batman and Mr. Freeze: Subzero or The Adventures of Batman & Robin: Poison Ivy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes a good superhero film. In other films, Batman has a darker side. Did that come across in BATMAN & ROBIN? If not, would it have made this movie better, or worse? Why do you think people enjoy films based on comic book characters?

  • Did the sexual innuendo add to the overall entertainment value of the story, or did it seem forced and overdone? 

  • This movie has been almost universally panned. What are some of the qualities that would make a movie "bad"? What are some movies you like that other family members or friends don't? Do you have any "guilty pleasure" movies? 

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