A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Though Ben and his friends are shown hard at work researching a thorny problem, viewers will learn little other than the value of good study habits.
Ben must stand up to Grandpa Max and defy orders to help out a friend in trouble -- showing that sometimes you have to do what you know is right, even when it's hard or complicated.
Positive Role Models
Ben and his fellow Plumbers willingly risk their lives for the sake of the planet, though they don't always agree with each other as they're doing so. Ben's cousin Gwen is a strong female character.
Violence & Scariness
Several fight scenes involving superpowers and alien brawling, but the action is relatively tame overall.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Very mild flirting and a few chaste kisses on the cheek.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this live-action film based on the popular Ben 10 animated series follows the adventures of a secret team that combats evil alien invaders. Hero Ben Tennyson is older here than in the last live-action Ben 10 movie, but Alien Swarm is still clearly aimed at tweens. Luckily, most of the content is age-appropriate for them -- there are several relatively tame fight scenes, some very mild flirting, and a few verbal clashes between team members who have different ideas about how to handle the threat. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
BEN 10: ALIEN SWARM is based on the popular Ben 10 animated shows, and it loses little moving from animation to live action. The main effect that young fans will be watching for, of course, is Ben’s Omnitrix, a gadget that looks like an oversized wristwatch and gives him the ability to transform into a variety of alien shapes. This comes in handy when he has to battle the Hive and its millions of nanotech robotic chips. Ben gets backup from his cousin, Gwen (Galadriel Stineman), and their friend Kevin (Nathan Keyes), who both have their own abilities; together they're a formidable force.
The original cartoon series started when Ben was a 10-year-old boy, and Ben 10: Alien Force picked up five years later. Now he’s an older teen -- driving cars, making his own decisions, and definitely paying attention to girls. But the film is still age-appropriate for younger viewers -- the fight scenes are relatively tame, and the romantic subplots are very restrained. Fans of the cartoons will like this entry in the franchise, and there’s no reason why tweens can't watch.
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