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G.I. Joe: Retaliation

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Teens may like violent sequel, but it's too much for kids.

Movie PG-13 2013 110 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 10+

This movie is OKAY

The violence in this is basically explosions. To childish for adults

This title has:

Too much violence
age 13+

This title has:

Great role models
Too much sex
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (29 ):

This much can be said: The story moves well and offers up the occasional surprise, and the film never takes itself too seriously. With director Jon M. Chu -- who's experienced in making musicals -- taking over the G.I. Joe franchise from the sloppy, noisy Stephen Sommers, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION has a great deal more grace and goodwill than its predecessor.

The plot and dialogue are absolutely ridiculous, but the movie seems aware of all that, and it inspires more giggles than groans. And fortunately, things move quickly enough that any questions of logic -- did London really just completely explode? -- never really come into play. It helps that most of the cast, notably Johnson, Bruce Willis, Pryce, and (in a smaller part) Tatum seem to be having a good time. Serious fans of G.I. Joe may be disappointed that this entry all but ignores many of the characters and events of the last film, but for plenty of others, that's a step in the right direction.

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