G-Force

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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3-D adventure is funny ... if you're a first grader.
  • PG
  • 2009
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 41 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 60 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

A couple of lessons about teamwork and friendship.

Positive Messages

The G-Force works as a team to accomplish their missions, evenafter they discover they aren't really "genetically engineered" super-animals.The villain also realizes that not all humans are evil and repents for hiswrongdoing.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The G-Force teammates are brave and willing to act selflessly for the good of the country. On the flip side, a couple of characters are greedy and/or want to cause harm on a massive scale -- but they're also shown as being clearly in the wrong.

Violence & Scariness

Although no one actually dies, there's a scene in which an animal character seems to be swallowed up by a garbage truck; he's later referred to as dead. Lots of action involving covert missions to break into a home, secure important information from a target, and a high-octane car chase. The movie's climax involves weaponized appliances that turn into evil, Transformers-like robots bent on destruction. At one point, a lighter sets a flatulent guinea pig's behind on fire.

Sexy Stuff

The male guinea pigs all flirt with Juarez, and there are discussions of her being "hot" and whether she's "interested" in the guys. She talks about "guys" on Facebook, and the relationship jokes continue throughout the movie.

Language

Mild insults like "dumb," "stupid," "farty," "ugly," etc., plus other phrases that some may find inappropriate -- like "pimp my ride," "shut up," "look at my butt," "hot girlfriend," etc. There's also a use of "oh my God" and a good bit of scatological humor regarding one flatulent character.

Consumerism

A reference to "Barbie" and quick glimpses of cars and computers (including a shot of a Facebook page), but nothing overt.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this 3-D adventure is sure to attract kids who can't resist talking animals, high-stakes action, and a hefty dose of silly gags and potty humor (especially a constantly farting guinea pig). Expect lots of action and some peril; the villain turns home appliances into killer robots, and there's a disturbing/sad reference to a character who might have been killed by a garbage truck (but it's not confirmed). Language includes mild insults like "stupid" and "dumb" and comments about how "hot" the female guinea pig is.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBoucha83 July 27, 2009
Parents may find their children begging for a guinea pig after seeing this movie. Speaking as an owner of 2 pigs and an educator, I would like everyone to consi... Continue reading
Adult Written bygreta_elisif January 24, 2010
First-graders being typically six, this movie is inappropriate for them. I don’t know how anybody can really think it is a good idea for small children to learn... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 13, 2009
This movie was terrible!!!! I cannot believe that it got a great rating! Throughout the whole movie, there was no humor at all!! It might be good for kids that... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byFILMCRITIC500 April 6, 2012

give the talking animals a rest, will ya!

this was a silly, unfunny, attempt at a another talking animal spy movie. but this is no spy movie. its filled with pathetic effects, a "story" and ba... Continue reading

What's the story?

A group of genetically engineered rodents (three guinea pigs and a mole) form a secret squad of special agents ready to do the U.S. government's bidding. Led by Darwin (voiced by Sam Rockwell), the team includes Juarez (Penelope Cruz), Blaster (Tracy Morgan), and technology genius Speckles (Nicolas Cage). When the team uncovers a consumer electronics CEO's (Bill Nighy) plot to activate secret computer chips in every appliance his company has ever sold, they must stop him while also fending off their government bosses (Will Arnett), who want to shut down the G-Force unit.

Is it any good?

Kids, especially early elementary schoolers, will love G-FORCE's talking animals, toilet humor, and 3-D action. But anyone older than 8 may be hard pressed to find the film worth seeing. There are laughs (albeit predictable ones), and the voice cast is talented, but the story and execution are an example of yet another lazy attempt to extract easy money from a population desperate to head to the multiplex.

Parents who want to delight their first graders, will score extra points for taking them to see a bunch of guinea pigs act like special-ops agents and make a ton of fart jokes. But if you're trying to please a group that includes tweens and teens, the humor will prove way too unsophisticated.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's potty humor. Is it funny or too crude? Why do so many movies for kids amp up that kind of joke?

  • Also, the movie's violence stems from a character's desire for vengeance. What lesson does he learn in the end?

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