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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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Positive Role Models
Fugitive characters are mostly just trying to protect themselves, not act out of goodness, but when safe, a prisoner decides to turn himself in. MEAD doesn't want to kill or use violence.
Nearly all White, mostly male cast. Females depicted are often shown as smart, but also flirtatious and sexual in form-fitting or revealing clothing. Women are called "bitch," "slut," and "hooker."
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Violence & Scariness
Spaceships fire laser guns at each other; some explode. A giant alien spider-like creature briefly chases people. A character is shot in the leg with a laser gun. A character is shot with a space gun and dies and melts away. A character's hand is chopped off in a closing door while holding a gun; blood and gore is shown, but isn't very realistic. A man keeps a severed hand on display in a jar. A man is shot through the torso and it creates an open hole.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A holographic woman appears multiple times, straddles a man in a sexual position, kisses him, and rubs her chest. Both are clothed. A woman calls the hologram a "hooker." A couple passionately kisses. A character says they're aroused.
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Language includes "smart ass," "damn," "sucks," "hooker," "heartless bitch," "slut," and "hell."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that MEAD is an animated and live-action movie based on a 1970s comic by the same name. In the space-based adventure, a man escapes the clutches of an evil admiral and takes flight with his powerful AI starship named MEAD. In moments of battle there's some violence, including a severed hand accompanied by blood, space weapons including laser guns, and even death of some characters who are hit by a space gun then fall and melt away. A giant alien spider-like creature briefly chases people. Language includes phrases such as "smart ass," "heartless bitch," as well as other vulgar words including "slut," "hooker," and "damn." The movie contains some sexual content, such as a clothed holographic woman straddling and making out with a man, and several passionate kisses. A character says he's aroused. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While MEAD is a sci-fi movie with a spunky robot, it has poor pacing and lacks depth. The setting takes place in space, which might draw some sci-fi viewers into the plot, but it's also slow-moving and at times hard to follow. On one hand, MEAD is appealing as a witty AI robot with a heart to avoid violence. On the other hand, he's a snarky, name-calling being with a habit of projecting a holographic version of his captain's former girlfriend to tease and flirt with him. The mix of live-action actors in an animated setting is an interesting approach that can feel a bit jarring.
There are some bright spots in the plot, usually surrounding the illusion sequences, including an appearance of a T-rex and floating rubber ducky, and a few chuckles along the way. Viewers familiar with the 1970s comic the movie is adapted from might enjoy this motion-picture recreation. Everyone else might prefer to gravitate toward another movie.
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