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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Electra Woman & Dyna Girl is an updated version of Sid and Marty Krofft's 1976 short-lived, live-action television series with popular internet stars now playing the two heroines. This movie, initially produced as an eight-episode web series airing in April 2016, is now being released on DVD. Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart, each of whom has internet fan bases in the millions, play eager but superpower-less superheroes who take on the criminals in their midst. There are numerous meant-to-be-laughable action sequences, including one in which a masked bandit's arm is cut off, with plenty of phony blood and gore. Weapons include pistols, high-powered automatics, and sharp objects; fistfights are plentiful, and one is long and comically intense. Mild sexual innuendo is integral to the movie's humor, as is profanity including "f--k," "s--t," "goddamn," "boobs," "butt," "boners," and "ass." Potty humor -- one character spends an entire phone conversation on the toilet with his pants around his ankles -- and insults are frequent, as well. It's all meant to parody both the superhero genre and the Hollywood marketplace that loves to sell it. None of it is meant to be taken seriously, but the salty language and sometimes gory action make it unsuitable for younger kids.
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What's the story?
ELECTRA WOMAN & DYNA GIRL introduces two young, comic superheroes bent on stopping crime and doing the right thing. It's a world filled with superheroes, and "brand" is everything. These two high achievers are of the homemade-hometown variety; they even make their own costumes and weapons. So Electra Woman (Grace Helbig) and Dyna Girl (Hannah Hart) are overjoyed when the media's most important superhero agent from Creative Masked Management wants to sign them. It means they'll have to leave their Midwestern city and live in Los Angeles. But the endorsements will be fabulous, and they'll be able to use their non-powers for good, while earning fame and fortune at the same time. Unfortunately, the high-tech, high-energy world of CMM isn't at all what they expected. Faced with ambitiously competitive rivals, the seduction of the marketplace, and the arrival of a new kid in town known as the Empress of Evil, the team is threatened from all sides. Will they defeat the powerful villain? Will they succumb to glory and the almighty dollar? And, most crucial of all, will their long-time friendship even survive?
Is it any good?
Web personalities who are very popular with teens come to DVD, bringing in-your-face comic mayhem, profanity, and some laughs. Counting on their loyal fans, Helbig and Hart have great fun delivering tongue-in-cheek performances in a slapdash production. It's all so amateurish and low-budget that, upon occasion, characters actually stand in front of a curtain to deliver their lines. The two likable leads give it their all, and they're surrounded by an avalanche of one-dimensional, intentionally over-the-top performances that could only be called silly. You can count on a smattering of witty jokes and a few funny sight gags, and the film team makes an effort to give it some emotional heart, even though it's obvious and ham-handed. With so much profanity and gory comic violence, it's not a movie for kids, despite its Sid and Marty Krofft origins and its superhero title.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the emerging popularity of internet stars and how easily kids have access to them. Why is it important for parents to monitor their kids' internet time? What standards might be used to evaluate a web personality's age-appropriateness?
What is "gross-out" comic violence? Which scenes in this film fit that definition? How do filmmakers let the audiences know that these events are meant to be funny?
Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart do not use profanity on their web shows. Why do you think they opted to use so much of it in this film? Do you think it enhances or detracts from the personalities they've established?
If you were not already familiar with Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart, did this movie motivate you to follow them on the web?
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