Megamind

  • Review Date: November 2, 2010
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 96 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Clever animated superhero story is fun, not too scary.
  • Review Date: November 2, 2010
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 96 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids will learn the concept that where there is evil, "good" will rise up to face it and (hopefully) defeat it. Roxanne also asserts that it's not how someone looks that matters but the content of their character and their actions.

Positive messages

The movie's primary message is that we all have a choice about how we act, and it is our actions, not our past, that determine what kind of person we are. The "duality of man" is also a major theme, as Megamind is both a hero and a villain throughout the film. The idea that good needs evil and vice versa is a sophisticated philosophical one, but it's handled in a child-friendly way throughout the movie.

Positive role models

Roxanne is a positive role model -- she's brave, kind, funny, and willing to see Megamind's potential and not just all the awful things he's done in the past. (That said, he is a villain ...)

Violence & scariness

Cartoonish violence including explosions, the apparent death of a superhero, a glimpse of a skeleton, and several aerial battles.

Sexy stuff

Roxanne flirts with Metro Man and later both Megamind and his alter ego. They hold hands and hug, he carries her, and they eventually kiss. Before they get to know each other, Megamind calls Roxanne a "temptress."

Language

Some use of rude words/insults like "butt," "loser," and the like, plus "oh God" (as an exclamation).

Consumerism

Nothing notable in the movie, but there are off-screen tie-ins to fast food, candy, and other products.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated comedy flips the typical superhero formula on its head by focusing on supervillain Megamind (voiced by Will Ferrell), who doesn't quite know what to do with himself after the fall of his arch-rival supehero (Brad Pitt). Overall, the movie is age-appropriate for young grade-schoolers and up. There's one scene in which a character's supposed skeleton is shown and his death alleged, but other than that, the violence is all quite cartoonish and not particularly realistic or scary, and the 3-D isn't as intense as it is in some other animated movies. The language is also quite tame ("butt" and that sort of thing), but there's some romantic tension, and a couple holds hands, flirts, and eventually kisses. Most little kids won't understand the movie's general theme that good can't exist without evil and vice versa, but it's a fascinating concept to introduce to older children. Special note: Parents of younger kids should know that characters in the movie state that the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny don't exist.

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Kids say

What's the story?

As a baby, supervillain MEGAMIND (voiced by Will Ferrell) was sent to Earth, Superman-style, on the very same day as his arch-rival, Metro Man (Brad Pitt). But while Metro Man lands under a rich couple's Christmas tree, Megamind ends up in a prison and is raised by convicts. After many years of rivalry, Megamind breaks out of jail on the day that Metro City is dedicating an entire museum in Metro Man's honor. With the help of his alien Minion (David Cross), Megamind ruins the ceremonies by kidnapping popular TV reporter Roxanne Ritchi (Tina Fey), whom he secretly loves. Then the unthinkable happens: Megamind succeeds in killing off Metro Man. Instead of reveling in his newfound power, Megamind eventually grows bored and purposeless and decides to create and train a new superhero he can battle. But once the new "hero," Titan (Jonah Hill), proves that he has no intention of using his powers for good, Megamind must figure out how to be a hero or risk losing Roxanne -- and Metro City -- forever.

Is it any good?

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Ferrell is a gifted comedian, and his voice acting is fabulous. His hilariously affected pronunciations -- he calls Metro City "MeTROcity," as if it rhymes with "Monstrosity," and says melancholy as "meLANcholy" -- and his earnest banter with Fey's Roxanne prove early on that he's a hero trapped in a villain's body. Pitt, meanwhile, doesn't have much to do except convince viewers that his voice belongs to the kind of shiny superhero who can juggle smiling babies and reduce the women in town to tears with the merest glimpse of his dimpled grin. Not a hard job to do -- when you're Brad Pitt! Cross and Hill are amusing as sidekick and nemesis, respectively, but the all-star cast can't make up for the fact that the story falls a bit flat after Metro Man is defeated. Part of it is the boredom that Megamind feels, but another part is just slow -- even if there are plenty of laughs.

The music, for example, is a cliched playlist of rock favorites like Back in Black, Highway to Hell, and Welcome to the Jungle. All are great classics, but haven't we already heard them in plenty of other movies? Considering how original the Pharrell WIlliams soundtrack was on the similarly themed Despicable Me, these predictable (albeit instantly recognizable) choices seemed lazily selected. And that's the movie's overall problem: It's fun and funny, but it's not remarkable. It's not the kind of animated movie that will inspire Halloween costumes or repeat viewings on the family room DVD player.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the nature of good and evil. Do all superheroes need a supervillain nemesis? What happens after the hero is eliminated (or even the villain)? Can a hero exist in the absence of evil, and vice versa?

  • Metro Man says everyone has a choice whether to be the hero or not. Do you think that's true?

  • Can you think of other heroes who are different from the usual type? What are some examples?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 5, 2010
DVD release date:February 22, 2011
Cast:Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell
Director:Tom McGrath
Studio:DreamWorks Animation
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Superheroes, Adventures, Space and aliens
Run time:96 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:action and some language

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Written byAnonymous November 28, 2014
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Hilarious but crazy animated tale has Superbad thoughts and family fun moments

My rating:PG for mild sci-fi action,rude humor and language
Parent of a 6, 9, and 12 year old Written byoakhillsdrive November 26, 2010
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10
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So many wrong messages in this movie Bullying,...

My husband and I went to watch it without the children just to make sure it was appropriate. After the first five minutes, we decided this was not a good movie for our children. There are many parts of the story that even this website blew right past. Here goes my list of problems: 1) Bullying is appropriate and accepted behavior and never punished. 2) Being bad because that's what your good at is accepted. 3) Becoming the "good guy" because the new "bad guy" is not as bad as you were. 4) Heroes "quitting the business" because they are tired of helping other people and want to live for themselves. 5) The humor in it is exactly what I would expect from people who write for SNL. It's sad that no one is paying attention to any of these subjects that are so negative. Sorry Will Ferrell, but I will not take me kids to see this movie.
Kid, 10 years old December 21, 2010
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7
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Cute movie!

This was an awesome movie! I really loved and wouldn't mind seeing it again. It's animated and fun and shows teamwork, although it also depicts that what's the point of being bad when you can be good? Make sure to discuss this with younger kids before watching it. There is one very long kissing scene, but in the end it has a Disney-happy ending and all is well. Even interests and cracks up adults.
Parent of a 3 and 5 year old Written byStormi November 24, 2010
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4
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Really loved the movie. Very adorable and my 4 and 5 year old giggled and danced through it and really enjoyed it. There were a few things I was dismayed about for their age. Some of the song selections (even though they did technically stop the song before it said h*ll) and the villain yelling that there was no Easter bunny or tooth fairy seemed inappropriate for a children's movie. Overall great message and very cute. Not too violent- all done very cartoonish and laughy. Most appropriate for 6+ I think but still ok for 4 and 5 with some caution.
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