Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Fun action comedy with nifty special effects.
  • PG
  • 2002
  • 93 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

Features multi-ethnic good and bad guys and Francesca is strong, smart, and brave.

Violence & Scariness

Peril, guns that shoot ice pellets, no one hurt.

Sexy Stuff

A couple of kisses.


Mild language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is mild peril, though the guns only shoot ice bullets (to shock the system out of hyper-time) and no one is hurt. Francesca wears some revealing outfits, but she and Zak share only a couple of kisses. The movie features multi-ethnic good and bad guys and Francesca is strong, smart, and brave.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGilburp September 8, 2017

Didn't even meet low expectations - boring to young kids, laughable to pre-teens, painful for adults

Yet another movie that tries to cater to all ages but ends up being a mess for pretty much everybody. Kids will probably forgive most of its most glaring plot/l... Continue reading
Parent of a 7 and 9-year-old Written byMfoshee July 14, 2020

Incorrectly rated

I think this should be pg-13. There isn’t cussing but they say something about “naked girls in Vegas” and “making out”. Then there is a scene with a boy lusti... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old June 17, 2013

Iffy For Seven;On For 8+

I First Saw This Movie When I Was About 8,With My Dad.I Remember Having To Skip A Lot Of Parts,Probably Because Of Sexual Content.Now,I'm Ten And,Watched I... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byfluffy gizmo March 28, 2017

A blast for everyone

A great message about how it's not all that smart to handle anything when you're not aware of it. The kids are brave and try to stop the bad guys. A f... Continue reading

What's the story?

Zak (Jesse Bradford), the son of a loving but preoccupied scientist, accidentally takes a top-secret device, thinking it is a watch. It turns out to be a mechanism for speeding up the metabolic rate of whoever is touching it so that they see the world around them as almost frozen. To the rest of the world, they are moving too fast to be seen. At first, Zak uses it to impress a pretty girl (Paula Garces as Francesca) and together they have fun with some pranks and pay-backs. But then the bad guys come after them, and Zak and Francesca have to save the world.

Is it any good?

This special effects action comedy is fun for kids and fairly painless for adults. More important, it is a rare film directed at kids from 4th-8th grade, that most-neglected of movie audiences. Not surprising, it is produced by Nickelodeon, the cable channel dedicated to just that group.

The plot is a throw-back to the old Disney classics like The Shaggy Dog (also with a pretty teenage girl named Francesca) and The Absent-Minded Professor. Director Jonathan Frakes (of Star Trek) ably handles the sci-fi aspect with special effects that truly are special. We see water droplets suspended in air and a bee floating over a flower. CLOCKSTOPPERS zips along quickly and has a lively pop soundtrack.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the problems of developing technologies that can get into the wrong hands and the problems of balancing commitments to work and family.

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