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Parents' Guide to

Fantastic Four

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Campy but often violent comic book movie.

Movie PG-13 2005 105 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 10+
"Susan wears cleavage-revealing outfits". This is an understatement. About 80% of Susan's character is her cleavage. However, to balance that out we have shirtless Chris Evans, which is equally about 80% of his character. However, even weirder than that, Ben's fiance appears on the street inexplicably wearing somewhat saucy nightwear. It is bizarre. It's all fairly harmless but it's a little jarring by today's standards. There is also some innuendo, which kids may or may not get. It's pretty crass but hardly offensive. Apart from that it's quite fun. There's certainly nothing here (beyond the above) that'll bother a child that's seen any Star Wars movies.
age 10+

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This unevenly paced, disjointed comic book movie, lacks emotional focus, but then again, maybe that's the point -- it's a campy comic book movie. Fantastic Four offers a series of "origin story" scenes, in which the four heroes' individual interests and anxieties are established, with much attention to movie and product franchising.

While it should be accelerating with spiffy action and smart repartee, Tim Story's movie becomes increasingly incoherent. The Four fight amongst themselves and take off for separate adventures, occasionally coming together for unbelievably convenient collisions. Ben's story is the most compelling, while the others' issues become repetitive. The film also includes its share of logical inconsistencies, as well as overly familiar and underdeveloped themes.

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