Parents' Guide to

Lazer Team

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teamwork at core of lowbrow but entertaining sci-fi comedy.

Movie PG-13 2016 102 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Sci-Fi Comedy Adventure is Crude but Fun

Note: This film has two versions. A PG-13 theatrical cut (102 minutes) and a unrated director's cut (103 minutes). The director's cut is more explicit. Movie (3.5/5.0): The US Military is given a secret message that warns of an intergalactic threat and also promise of a suit of power to help with defense. After training a perfect champion since birth, the day for the suit's arrival comes and the ship containing it is shot down by four small town halfwits. With pieces of the suit now stuck on them, the military must now teach these four men how to work together in four days in order to save the planet. Very similar to adventure comedies like Ghostbusters, this movie is a very fun and entertaining, with enough fun action and hilarious comedy while also having enough heart to it so you care enough about these characters when in danger and when they finally come together as a team. For a first film from online production company Rooster Teeth it stands on its own and is very well done. If you want a solid sci-fi comedy adventure, I recommend the film. Violence (3.5/5.0): Adventure violence throughout. Explosions, laser blasts, some blood, characters in danger, several deaths (including an emotional one in the climax), fist fight between teens at a party (with some blood). Director's cut contains few added moments of more graphic violence (but not much). Language (3.5/5.0): Language throughout including s--t, hell, damn, ass, ect. Director's cut adds two uses of c--k. Rude gestures throughout (more so in the director's cut) Drugs/Drinking/Smoking (3/5): Teen party with alcohol (with some obviously being drunk), one character is an alcoholic, one character smokes. Sex/Nudity (3.5/5.0): Crude sex jokes, character switches his helmet to accidentally see naked people, a mental conversation leads to characters masturbating (only their arms moving are seen, nothing else), a character's hospital gown is open showing their butt. The director's cut adds substantially more explicit material, specifically during the mental conversation and breast nudity during the naked people scene. Suggested MPA Rating (for director's cut): R for Crude and Sexual Humor, Some Violence, Some Nudity, and Some Language
age 14+

Great movie by Rooster Teeth

To start off, I've been a Rooster Teeth fan for a few years now. This is their first film! And for a first, this is great. As far as parents concerns go the commonsense official review isnfairly accurate. I don't think the sexual material is quite as bad as they say. Its pretty tame for a PG-13 movie. There's just a few bad jokes scattered throughout the movie. The language is frequent, but never strong. The violence is tame enough to be in a PG movie, so no concerns there, Overall Lazer Team is fine for ages 14+. And with so many Rooster Teeth and Pop Culture references, this is definitely a movie I'll be seeing again.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

This sci-fi comedy comes from the guys behind the popular Rooster Teeth YouTube channel, and while it's far from brilliant, it shows an infectious enthusiasm for cheesy sci-fi films. Lazer Team is smart about its not-so-smart characters (the title is deliberately misspelled); it paints them as sympathetic and imperfect, and it's easy to root for them, especially since their basic predicament requires teamwork to survive.

The filmmaking is clean, and while the visual effects are specifically designed to capture a more innocent era, they're perfectly accomplished and don't detract from the movie. Moreover, while the movie is lowbrow, it could have gone for shocking, vulgar humor and heavy language; instead, it roots its comedy in situation and character. Though it might not be gut-bustingly hysterical (or even particularly memorable), Lazer Team is still momentarily enjoyable.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 29, 2016
  • On DVD or streaming: August 2, 2016
  • Cast: Burnie Burns , Colton Dunn , Gavin Free
  • Director: Matt Hullum
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors, Multiracial actors
  • Studios: Amplify , YouTubeRed
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 102 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sexual material including references, language, action violence, teen partying and smoking
  • Last updated: February 26, 2022

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