Futurama: Bender's Big Score

  • Review Date: January 23, 2008
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

Common Sense Media says

More sex jokes, cartoon carnage than the TV show.
  • Review Date: January 23, 2008
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

A lot of antisocial behavior, such as stealing, killing, threatening, and jealousy.

Violence

Considerable cartoonish violence. The bodies of executives are ground up and used for a variety of purposes. Hermes' head gets cut off several times and occasionally sewn back on. Bender cuts off Farnsworth's hand. A blast kills a dog. Bender kills Fry. Robot Santa tries to kill the crew. A ship falls on Zoidberg.

Sex

The crew visits a nude beach planet, though nothing untoward is visible. An alien's genitalia is on his head. The alien uses Fry's penis to sign for delivery. Hermes' wife leaves him for another man and makes out with him. Some sexual innuendo (when Hermes' head is sewn on backwards, an alien remarks, "Your tail is wagging."). Leela and Lars kiss. Fry discovers his girlfriend in bed and making out with another man.

Language

Some swearing, including "ass," "hell," and "damn."

Consumerism

Fox Broadcasting is referred to.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Bender drinks beer.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this DVD offshoot of the Futurama animated TV show is raunchier and more violent than the show (which we rate Pause and 13+). There is more sexual content (visiting a nude beach planet, aliens with penises on their heads and other penis gags) and violent moments (bodies are ground up, hands and heads are cut off).

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In FUTURAMA: BENDER'S BIG SCORE, the rag-tag Planet Express team has been shut down by their owners. But first they have one last shipment, to the Nude Beach Planet. There, the crew naively give away their email addresses on a petition, and suddenly find themselves inundated with loopy sexual enhancement ads and get-rich-quick Nigerian prince schemes. But when Professor Farnsworth responds to the latter, suddenly the crew and the company belong to a race of evil, spam-spreading aliens whose only plan is to bilk the Earth of all its wealth. When the aliens discover the code for time travel tattooed on Fry's butt, can the gang stop the aliens from pillaging the planet and robbing them of the Earth they love?

Is it any good?

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If The Simpsons is a sometimes too adult for kids, then Futurama is its big brother: More raunchy, more sexual, and still funny.

First off, the premise of a race of spam-spreading aliens is hilarious. So are the jabs at Fox (a miracle elixir is made of "Box" executives killed and ground up). And some of the antics are even funny. But a lot of the action is overly complicated and stupid. After all, if Bender had failed to simply put the tattoo on Fry's butt at the end, the calamity of the film never would have happened. Long-time viewers of the show are likely to love the nostalgia of the film -- it includes almost every long-running joke in the show's history -- but like The Simpsons Movie, it can seem more like a few episodes pasted together.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to protect the family's privacy on the Internet. How do you respond to emails sent to you? Do you ever give out your email address to places you don't know about? Do you ever give out credit card information?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 21, 2007
DVD release date:November 27, 2007
Cast:Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal
Director:Dwayne Carey-Hill
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Genre:Comedy
Run time:88 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Good but not as funny as the shows.

Futurama: Benders Big Score is a spin off the animated show Futurama. The movie is good enough to keep people who watch it entertained. There are problems with the content of this movie - however - none that serious - the crew go to a nude beach but nothing is visable - there is some comic and non-graphic body mutilation. There is mild language which may be offensive to sensetive viewers. Recommended for persons 10+ Coolchris330,
Parent of a 11 year old Written bymikeisawesome123 January 27, 2011
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14
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I LOVE FUTURAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love Futurama and so does my kid!!!!!! I watch it every Thursday!!!!! This movie is more inappropriate then the show. More sexual content, MUCH more violence, the language is about the same, and the Robot always drinks beer and smokes a cigar.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byILUVMEAT April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

I laughed so hard, I almost suffocated

This is so funny. The storyline is so great. The main issue is social behavior (Bender sent to steal all the treasures and kill Fry) and language. I saw a bit on TV; but I rented it to see it all. Im glad I did. They shouldent have taken it off of cartoon network.

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