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Parents' Guide to

DOA: Dead or Alive

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Video game adaptation is heavy on bikinis.

Movie PG-13 2007 87 minutes
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Directed by respected martial arts choreographer Corey Yuen, this action movie is a series of fight scenes strung together by a pretense of a plot. Video game characters don't always make for complex movie characters. While almost all of the key players in DOA: Dead or Alive are strong, powerful women, they're frequently shown in bikinis and underwear, and the camera focuses on their bodies. Their friendships are based on admiring one another's athletic skills, which they all display frequently. The only men competitors to stand out are Ryu Hayabusa (Kane Kosugi) and Zack (Brian J. White), who play second fiddle to the women fighters.

The plot includes some rudimentary familial tensions: Tina fights with her father (also a pro wrestler); Kasumi believes her brother isn't dead, as has been reported; and Helena (Sarah Carter) suspects that her uncle Donovan is up to no good. But, really, this is all about the fighting.

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