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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Don't rush into things. Patience is a virtue. There's more to being a hero than fighting. Face the future with courage.
Positive Role Models
Dawnstar isn't rash or overeager like her partner, Karate Kid. Instead, Dawnstar is the voice of reason and maturity, always having to reign in and protect Karate Kid. But she's also powerful, brave, assured, and saves the day in the end. The Justice League superheroes are all expectedly good and they each fight for justice and what's right, use teamwork, and work to save innocent lives. Wonder Woman gets relegated to the "needing to be saved" role, there's a questionable taxicab scene played for comedy that might be making fun of the accent of taxicab driver, and every problem is quickly solved with violence.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of cartoon violence. Fight scenes with lots of punching and kicking, many hits showing contact. Lots of laser guns, ice guns, missiles, and explosions. Superheroes use their known weapons and utilities, like Batman and his batarangs or Wonder Woman's lasso of truth. Robin pilots a space jet into an enemy and then crashes both into a satellite, which then explodes as Robin flies away. Another random enemy gets pulverized by a large laser blast from the sky. A baby gets shot into the sky, a random man falls from the sky into the ocean, and Wonder Woman needs saving by Superman after also getting shot into the sky. Wonder Woman also briefly gets paralyzed and her face flashes back and forth between an older version of her face with her present. A villain says, "let's rip their heads off." Notably, some of the supervillains, like Toyman, Bizarro, and the Time Trapper, have creepy faces and could be scary for younger viewers. The Time Trapper "banishing" many of the heroes, vanishing them from time, might also be scary for younger viewers, especially when the Time Trapper then yells, "I will remake this world in darkness!"
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time is an animated action-adventure movie that finds the Justice League facing off against Lex Luthor and his Legion of Doom. Luthor is thwarted in the present but gets encased in ice for a thousand years. In the 31st century, two rookie superheroes, Dawnstar and Karate Kid, accidentally release Luthor from his ice prison, and he promptly escapes, gains control of a time travel device, and travels back in time to the present. Expect lots of cartoon violence, fighting, kicking and punching, knockouts, laser guns, ice guns, laser blasts, missiles, and explosions. The Justice League superheroes also use their weapons amidst all the clashing. Some supervillains might be too scary for younger viewers, as Toyman, Bizarro, and the Time Trapper all have creepy, distorted, or monstrous faces. Also, younger viewers might be scared by the Time Trapper vanishing all the superheroes, making them fade away and disappear. While there are some positive messages about teamwork and courage, Wonder Woman gets relegated to the "needing to be saved" role, there's a questionable taxicab scene played for comedy that might be making fun of the accent of taxicab driver, and every problem is quickly solved with violence. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The action starts immediately in this fun but shallow romp through space and time. It's nice to see JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time feature the return of Dawnstar, played wonderfully by the always-good Laura Bailey. Dawnstar is a decent role model for young girls, but unfortunately, she isn't on screen enough. Wonder Woman also unfortunately gets relegated to the "needing to be saved" role, there's a questionable taxicab scene played for comedy that might be making fun of the accent of taxicab driver, and every problem is quickly solved with violence. Further, there are some supervillain characters that might be too scary for some viewers. Also, there are moments of peril and seemingly inevitable death that might also be too scary, as well as when the Time Traveler, who looks like Death minus the scythe, vanishes all the superheroes from existence.
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