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Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

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Superhero movie mixes cartoon violence, positive messages.
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 75 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie centers on two strong themes. The first is about standing up to bullies. Several characters make good arguments why they shouldn't, but the end result is that not standing up to them gives them more power and allows them to win. The other theme is free will. Villain Owlman believes that since every choice made results in an alternate reality, nothing matters -- but the heroes don't agree with him.

Positive role models

Most of the heroes show positive attributes. Batman initially refuses to join the heroes in their quest to stop the bullies but eventually comes around. He also calls for help when he needs it. Wonder Woman is the most outspoken champion of doing the right thing and stepping up to help. Superman asserts that standing up to bullies isn't an easy choice even for him. Over the course of the film, there are many examples of teamwork.

Violence

Lots of fighting, ranging from old-fashioned punching to arrows, laserblasts, bullets, and assorted other fantasy weapons. There are also threats ("I'm going to kill you," "I'm going to beat you to death," etc.), characters screaming in pain, and some blood. Some minor characters die.

Sex

Lex Luthor appears naked (no sensitive body parts shown). Superwoman kisses two men and flirts heavily with them, with the promise of some rough "playing." J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter, kisses a human woman.

Language

Two uses of "ass," two "crap"s, and one "what the hell?"

Consumerism

Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated superhero adventure is heavy on fantasy violence, with lots and lots of fighting -- as well as weapons, some blood, and minor characters' deaths. There's also some mild language ("ass," "crap," etc.), flirting, kissing, and innuendo. Although it's edgier than the Justice League TV show, this story about Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Lex Luthor, and more does have strong messages about teamwork, helping others, and standing up to bullies, as well as a more complex subplot about free will. Older tween and teen superhero fans should get a kick out of it, but it may be a bit much for some younger viewers.

What's the story?

On an alternate Earth, Lex Luthor (voiced by Chris Noth) is actually a hero, trying to stop an organization of super villains from taking over. As a last resort, he travels to "our" Earth to recruit the Justice League (Superman, Wonder Woman, J'onn J'onzz, Green Lantern, and the Flash) to help. Catching the bad guys is one thing, but convincing the president to take a stand against them is something else. Meanwhile, Batman (William Baldwin) has stayed behind, believing that it's foolish to meddle in the affairs of alternate Earths. But when one of the villains, Superwoman (Gina Torres), breaks into Justice League headquarters, he realizes that he must help after all. Can they all stop Owlman (James Woods) from blowing up not just one Earth, but all possible Earths and everyone who ever lived?

Is it any good?

QUALITY

JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS is an exciting animated movie with excellent pacing and lean, crisp action sequences. Coming from the makers of Superman Batman: Public Enemies, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern: First Light, and it features a bevy of superhero characters, and even within the movie's relatively brief running time, they all seem to come equipped with some genuine personality. The movie also effortlessly juggles some complex ideas and several themes.

With so little time for character development (or even introductions), it helps if viewers already know these heroes and villains. But even so, most characters get at least one moment to shine, especially the Flash (Josh Keaton), who's the comic relief here and has some funny lines. The constant fighting -- with fists, guns, and other fantasy weapons -- may be a bit much for younger viewers, but older tweens and up are sure to be entertained.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How did it make you feel? Was it exciting, or did it make you feel anxious?

  • Is it ever OK not to stand up to bullies? Is it OK to use violence on bullies?

  • Sometimes it takes a lot to ask your friends for help. What makes us afraid to ask for help? Would you help your friends if they asked?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 23, 2010
DVD/Streaming release date:February 23, 2010
Cast:Gina Torres, James Woods, Mark Harmon, William Baldwin
Directors:Lauren Montgomery, Sam Liu
Studio:Warner Home Video
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Superheroes
Run time:75 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:action violence

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Teen, 13 years old Written byFILMCRITIC500 April 6, 2012

more dark, violent action in animated adventure

this film was a very disturbing and dark animated story. its full of constant gore, plentiful violence with weapons and superpowers, and constant things to keep your tween superhero fan away from
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byuhya August 7, 2011

bad

didn't like it. some violence.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent of a 10 and 12 year old Written bytdavies January 12, 2014

Good Movie.

This movie is good, but has some violence, the most disturbing being 3 mouth bleeds (from the jester, the president and Aquaman.) There is also some mild language, but not enough for much concern. Worth watching multiple times. Oh and it is her 12 year old who wrote this review. My mom would not like this movie.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing