G-Force

  • Review Date: July 24, 2009
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

Common Sense Media says

3-D adventure is funny ... if you're a first grader.
  • Review Date: July 24, 2009
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

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What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 24, 2009
DVD release date:December 15, 2009
Cast:Bill Nighy, Sam Rockwell, Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis
Director:Hoyt Yeatman
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some mild action and rude humor

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Adult Written byBoucha83 July 27, 2009
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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 consider a few things. Pigs are very social, require lots of attention, daily cage cleaning, lots of food (hay and veggies too), are noisy, very temperature and diet sensitive (can pass away in hours if not properly cared for). Many actions are portrayed in the movie which actual pigs are not safe doing such as: jumping, swimming, using a running ball (may break their back), a running wheel in their cage (can break back or toes), being caged/housed with other species of animals or a pig of the opposite sex. Two pigs require at least a 10 sq. ft. cage to be happy and healthy. The small cages you see in pet stores will simply depress your pig. Pigs should be taken out for daily exercise and should not be handled by small children as they are apt to jump out of their arms if startled. Please do your research before considering a pig in your home.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old August 13, 2009
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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 are about three. The commercials only show the better parts. I would give this book a C-.
Adult Written bygreta_elisif January 24, 2010
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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 about having girlfriends, about girls being “hot,” how to say vulgar words and the word “pimp,” and how to tell people to shut up. Let them watch this and get read to squirm when you hear, “Mommy (or Daddy), what does ‘pimp’ mean?”
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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