Lazer Team

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Teamwork at core of lowbrow but entertaining sci-fi comedy.
  • PG-13
  • 2016
  • 102 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

Through teamwork, respect and friendship are learned.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though the characters demonstrate impressive teamwork, individually they aren't really worth emulating; they aren't very intelligent and are sometimes crude/irresponsible.


Fantasy fighting and violence. Shooting with lasers. Comic violence; head bonking. Grappling/scuffling. Football violence. Explosions. Police Taser gun.


Characters think/talk about sex. Interrupted sexual situations. Teens kiss at a party. Some strong innuendo. Sexual gestures.


Fairly frequent language includes "s--t," "a--hole," "ass," "dumbass," "bitch," "jerk off," "douchebag," "d--k," "moron," "hell," "boob," "screwed," and "oh my God." A character also says "what the "f---" but is cut off.


Fans may know the Rooster Teeth team from YouTube and may be inspired to buy Rooster Teeth/Lazer Team products in their online store.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A character seems to have a drinking problem (he drinks lots of beer). He's also a heavy smoker; it's mostly played for laughs, and he "recovers." Teens shown with cups of beer at a party.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lazer Team is a sci-fi comedy from Rooster Teeth, a production company with a popular YouTube channel. There's plenty of fantasy action, fighting, and comical violence, with lots of laser-gun shooting, as well as some teen brawling at a party and football clashes. Though no nudity or sex is actually shown, there are strong sexual situations and innuendo; teens also kiss at a party. Language is fairly frequent and runs the gamut, including "s--t," "bitch," and "d--k." One character drinks too much beer and smokes too much, a lot of which is played for humor (though he does "recover" by the end of the movie). Teens are seen with cups of beer at a party.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBrendan M. January 11, 2020

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 explici... Continue reading
Adult Written byFootballftw1980 January 27, 2016

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 th... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byUgogoo January 11, 2017

Funny Lowbrow Comedy, But Nothing New.

While the main focus of the movie are themes of teamwork, forgiveness, and putting selfishness aside for the greater good, the majority of the comedy comes from... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old September 11, 2016

Not that good of a movie, too much inappropriate stuff for younger kids

The movie looks like it is made more for younger kids, however it is not. Plenty of references to inappropriate subjects and stuff like that. Overall, the... Continue reading

What's the story?

In LAZER TEAM, friendly aliens warned us years ago that evil aliens were on their way to attack our planet, so the good aliens send a battle suit, based on the myth of Perseus, to help us defend ourselves. A champion (Alan Ritchson) is trained to wear the suit when it arrives, but everything goes awry when a band of misfits -- ineffectual sheriff Hagan (Burnie Burns), intellectually challenged Woody (Gavin Free), injured former football star Herman (Colton Dunn), and current football player Zach (Michael Jones), who happens to be dating Hagan's daughter (Allie DeBerry) -- accidentally shoots down the delivering spaceship and unknowingly tries on the super-powered helmet, gauntlets, and boots. Can these doofuses work together to save Earth?

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Lazer Team's violence. Does it make a difference that the shooting comes from lasers rather than bullet guns? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • How much sexual material is shown? How is it different when that type of content is used for laughs rather than for character development?

  • How does teamwork matter to the story? What do the characters learn from working together?

  • Would you consider any of the characters role models? Why or why not?

  • Herman is shown drinking too much beer. Is his problem funny? Is it serious? What are the real-life consequences?

Movie details

  • In theaters: January 29, 2016
  • On DVD or streaming: August 2, 2016
  • Cast: Burnie Burns, Colton Dunn, Gavin Free
  • Director: Matt Hullum
  • 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: November 11, 2020

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