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Fun action comedy with nifty special effects.

What parents need to know

Positive role models

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.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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.

Families can talk 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.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 29, 2002
DVD/Streaming release date:August 13, 2002
Cast:French Stewart, Jesse Bradford, Paula Garces
Director:Jonathan Frakes
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Run time:93 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:peril and mild language

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Parent of a 10 and 12 year old Written byHighPlainsMom April 9, 2010

Very entertaining.....but why all the innuendo?

I had a great time watching this with my husband and kids. It was a totally blind pick off the shelf at Blockbuster. There might be some validity in calling it a "poor man's 'Back To The Future'" (many similarities despite no time travel) but it is an entertaining little movie that can appeal to children and adults. Perhaps it's just that I have preteen/earlyteen boys.....but I am always left dissapointed by the seeming insistance of tween-flick directors to include innapropriate dress of female characters and other odd insinuations. (In other words, the girl in the film would be sent home from my son's middle school if she came wearing clothes from the movie.) Kids will love the action, easy-to-follow storyline and strong male lead. Also some nice family bonding in the story. Parents will notice: * Female lead who has heavy accent in the first scene and none throughout the rest of the film * Obvious plot holes * Female lead frequently dressed in high cutoff shirts and low rise pants/skirts * Male co-star mentioning going to a party because of the likelyhood of seeing "naked girls in the pool" * Male co-star briefly seen fingering the pictures of lingerie models in a magazine There are a few very, very innocent kisses, appropriate for most age groups. Perhaps I am more sensitive than most to the above-mentioned items, but I have to put them down since the overall report only mentions "kissing" as a concern. On the whole, an entertaining movie for late-elementary ages and up.
What other families should know
Too much sex
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 It By Myself.It Was Pretty Good!I Was A Little Confused With The Plot But,It Was Still A Good Movie! PLOT: Clockstoppers Is About A Teenage Boy Named Zak.Zak's Father Works At The Community College.While At Home,He Works On Many Scientific Projects.But When Zak's Dad Is Asked To Fix A Watch By A Former Student,He Does It.Meanwhile,Zak Finds The Watch And Really Enjoys It.It Allows Him To Pull Trick,And Impress The New Girl,Francesca,Not To Mention That The Watch Goes Into Hypertime.When They Find Out That The Watch Can Practically Stop Time,They Are Shocked!But What Zak And Fran Don't Know Is That A Madman Is After The Scientific Watch.Will Zak And Fran Alongside Other Friends Be Able To Stop The Madman? CONTENT REVIEW Educational Value:1/5 In The First Part Of The Film,Zak's Dad Is Teaching Students About Einstein's Theory Of Relativity.Kids Man Learn Some Things About That.There Is Some Techy Stuff Too,Which Could Teach Some Things.Persevere Is Shown. Positive Message: 1/5 Clockstoppers Says Mixed Messages.There Are Themes Of Persevere,But,Fran And Zak Pull Wrong(But Funny) Pranks On People,Like A Dog Peeing On Someone's Car Just Because They Give Too Much Parking Tickets. Positive Role Model:2/5 Most Of The Time,Fran Is A Good Role Model.She Is Responsible And A Good Friend To Zak.But,Zak And Fran Can Be Iffy,And Do Mean Things,Like What I Said In Positive Message.Zak,On The Other Hand,Is Pretty Irresponsible In The Begining Of The Movie,But Learns His Lesson In The End. Violence:2/5 Violence Throughout.Car Chases,Punching Kicking,And Other Forms Of Violence Are In Here.While The Violence Isn't TOO Frequent,And Never Goes Up To Say,PG-13 Standerds,Its Definitely Here.There Are Guns,But They Don't Shoot Bullets.They Shoot Ice.There Is No Blood. Sexual Content:2/5 Frequent,But It Is Mostly Innuendo And Kissing And Hugging.Some Talk About Girls,And What They ''Do'' In The Pool,Referring To Them Becoming Naked.Kissing And Hugging.Meeker Looks At A Suggestive Magazine Which Is On The Screen For 3 Seconds. Crude Or Profane Language:1/5 3 Minor Uses Of Profane Language.Some Use Of Crude Language. Consumerism:1/5 Ebay Is Shown And Zak Talks A Lot About It. Drugs,Drinking,And Smoking:0/5 None That I Saw. Conclusion: Clockstoppers Is A Pretty Good Film.I Would Recommend It
Adult Written bydvdqueen March 7, 2012

i love you Jesse Bradford sooo much!!!

A cool movie so what if you actually got to freeze time? i thought Jesse Bradford was sooo cute in Clockstoppers. this really is a cool movie great for ages 10 and up!!!
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