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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Much better than the first; OK for tweens and up.

Movie PG 2007 92 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 10+

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Great role models
age 8+

Fun for kids, younger won't get the jokes, nothing too bad for older kids either

Average film, fun for the teenagers who are obsessed with Marvel these days. Not much for adults, but this one seems markedly better than the first. Some comments on sexual content based upon other reviews: The scene where Jessica Alba loses all her clothes is not bad at all (and I tend to be very opposed to sexual content for youngsters). She falls to the ground, she's hidden by a crowd of people and you can only see a bit of her shoulders and back, and the camera doesn't linger. It's funny, and not too concerning. More concerning for young men is the scene in the club about 11.5 minutes into the movie or so. Revealing clothing, comments about exotic dancers, etc. Not a big deal, but if you're very sensitive, that scene doesn't really add anything to the movie and could easily be skipped or edited out. Self sacrifice, some good messages and teamwork throughout. Not great acting, so don't expect too much, and enjoy!

This title has:

Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (19 ):

Let's get this out of the way: Yes, the sequel is much better than the original, which was universally panned. That doesn't mean that FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER reaches Spider-Man or Superman Returns heights -- but it also doesn't take itself as seriously. At 92 minutes, it's a short, easy-to-follow adventure that will amuse older kids without scaring younger ones.

There's no internal monologue, no introspective brooding a la Peter Parker or Kal-El. The foursome work together, live together, and do what's best for the common good -- well, except for Johnny, who sometimes lets his hubris get in the way. They also have fun doing what they do: Johnny even suggests that they attach sponsors' logos to their skin-tight uniforms, like racecar drivers. It's funny, and in today's celeb-obsessed society, quite believable that superheroes -- especially ones who look like Alba, Evans, and Gruffudd -- would get corporate endorsements, hounded by the paparazzi, and followed by the tabloids.

As a film series, the improved Fantastic Four looks poised for another outing. That might annoy hardcore fanboys, but it's just fine for families who don't mind their superhero mythology a little lighter and less intense.

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