A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Geeks who might sometimes feel that their love of a particular part of pop culture makes them into social misfits can rejoice at Comic-Con, the largest gathering of their tribe. This is the place where they can truly relax and be who they really are and feel accepted.
Positive Role Models
The people featured in the documentary are all trying to live their dreams. While they don't all succeed, they're willing to take risks and work hard for the chance to turn their love of comics, fantasy, and sci-fi into a career. The featured celebs are all beloved as geek icons, and their confessions to also finding a home at Comic-Con makes them relatable.
Violence & Scariness
Clips from featured/mentioned movies and video games include some violent scenes, mostly of the large-scale, explosive variety, though some include weapons, shooting, combat, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the female attendees dress in revealing costumes. Some sexual references in language.
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Language includes a couple of uses of "f--k" (courtesy of notorious potty mouth Kevin Smith), as well as "s--t," "a--hole," "damn," "d--k," "crap," "hard on," and "piss." "Ass" is seen on a T-shirt.
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Products & Purchases
The entire film focuses on Comic-Con, said to be the world's largest gathering for fans of sci-fi/fantasy movies, TV shows, video games, and (of course) comic books. Attendees talk lovingly about their favorite titles, dealers try to sell their most valuable comics, and movie studio marketing executives explain why the convention is such an amazing place to promote their upcoming films.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few early scenes take place in bars where people are drinking, though there's no drinking on screen once people arrive at the event.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Morgan Spurlock documentary captures the experience of going to Comic-Con, one of the world's largest conventions for fans of comic books, sci-fi, fantasy, video games, and other forms of pop culture. It follows six attendees as they prepare for the experience and then attend the four-day spectacle, interspersed with interviews with celebrities who reveal their inner geeks. Expect a bit of language (including "f--k" and "s--t") -- much courtesy of self-professed fanboy and notorious potty mouth Kevin Smith -- and a few revealing outfits. And, of course, Comic-Con glorifies a very commercial event that exists solely to promote movies, comics, merchandise, and other products, though it also celebrates following your dreams, no matter how geeky anyone might think they are. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Spurlock, who has been the main character in most of his previous films, doesn't appear in Comic-Con; instead, he lets the people at the show do all the talking, which is probably for the best. Talking to these loyal fans reveals the depths of their love -- for the event, for the genre, and for the massive spectacle of the entire geek tribe celebrating its shared appreciation for underappreciated art forms.
But that only goes so far. Limiting the film to the experiences of six people makes Comic-Con seem small. Yes, we see huge crowds and dozens of celebrity appearances, but the film doesn't quite give viewers the full experience. While it looks like they're all having plenty of fun, there's much more going on that we don't get to see -- and that looks like it could be even more exciting. Ultimately, going to Comic-Con is probably more of a thrill than watching a film about it.
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