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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Too violent for kids, too childish for grown-ups.

Movie PG-13 2009 107 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 37 parent reviews

age 14+

G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra Movie Review By Logan Strohl

Why it could have been better it could have been a lot worst than it already was. G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra is still a fun action adventure movie from Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment . Not the best movie based on a action toy line from Hasbro though by far not the worst either. Action is great story is good and performances are hit and missed some good some not so good. Score is great though. Not the best G.I. Joe movie though not the worst either.
age 18+

Sexist and misogynistic.

It’s not about the violence or how badly written it is. For me, the reason I wouldn’t let me son watch this when he’s older or growing up is for how it portrays women. It was almost noticeable the moment I flicked over the tv. Highly sexualised. All the women have to be extremely thin, white, largely busted and with long wavy hair and “good looks”. They’re portrayed as either too dumb or pathetic to fight or if they do, weak, they obey orders or they are as devious and deceptive using their looks for this. I don’t know how I managed to watch more than a few minutes of this. Not for anyone over the age of 18 who has come to understand gender equality and oversexualisation of women is not ok.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (37 ):
Kids say (74 ):

Too cartoony and childish for grown-up action fans and too violent and grisly for kids, G.I. Joe is an action film whose glossy shine is matched only by its glib cynicism. Combining the globe-trotting style of modern techno thrillers and the cartoony, bloodless, high-tech look of modern effects blockbusters with an unhealthy dose of '80s nostalgia for the original cartoon, G.I. Joe feels like it's trying -- incredibly hard -- to be all things to all people. And so it fails to be anything to anyone. Tatum tries to invest his between-fights dialogue with emotional meaning and sincerity, but it's like trying to stuff vitamins into cotton candy -- futile and messy.

Director Stephen Sommers proved that he could craft decent PG-13 action with the Mummy films; he also proved, with Van Helsing, that he can let his love of effects triumph over the storytelling required to make a real film. Many (infact, almost all) of G.I. Joe's effects-heavy action sequences have the plastic, weightless, meaningless computer-generated emptiness of a video game. And while the costumed, code-named, stylized characters are faithful to the original cartoon, they aren't especially engaging or real beyond their fidelity to the source material.

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