Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Larger-than-life fighting in feature-length Rangers tale.
  • PG
  • 2003
  • 95 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Through teamwork and determination, anything is possible. Some subtle messaging about the evil side of marketing and how easily people are fooled by enticing products.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Power Rangers work together to stop Ivan Ooze, even when Zordon is unable to help them attain their supernatural abilities.

Violence

Cartoonish violence. Various martial arts-style moves are continuously employed as the characters fight: kicks, punches, spins. A construction worker is thrown backwards several feet by a mysterious purple egg. A security guard is stunned and knocked out by the antagonists. Characters fight with battle axes. A giant mechanical scorpion wreaks havoc on a city, destroying cars and causing explosions.

Sex

The Rangers meet a scantily clad warrior priestess.

Language

Some creative insults like, "egg-sucking purple pinhead" and "dingledorks."

Consumerism

The Power Rangers are part of an extensive line of merchandise -- less popular now than in the 1990s.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie is the 1995 full-length movie version of the popular 1990s kids' show. Like the TV show, characters frequently fight with martial arts-style kicks, punches, and spins toward inevitable victory. A warrior priestess might be dressed a little too skimpy for some parents, and the occasional name calling, while silly and relatively tame ("dingledorks") might not be something parents want repeated by younger kids.

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What's the story?

In MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: THE MOVIE, a mysterious giant purple egg has emerged from a newly-excavated construction site. Inside the egg is the evil Ivan Ooze, who has lived there for 6,000 years. Ooze was banished there by Zodran, who provides the six Power Ranger teens their power to morph into their respective supernatural forms. But when Ooze is released by Lord Zed and Rita Repulsa, Zodran's power is greatly weakened, and the Power Rangers lose their abilities. The Power Rangers must find another source of power, save Zodran, and prevent Lord Ooze from taking over the city of Angel Grove, and the world, by unleashing -- through the power of marketing -- his bottled ooze that makes adults turn into submissive worker zombies.

Is it any good?

Like the TV show, this film is a fairly enjoyable combo of the superheroes of the West, and the martial arts of the East, and the action ultimately transcends generations. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie is basically a 95-minute version of the popular '90's television series. Some 20 years later, the characters, action, and story have attained the level of kitsch usually reserved for older stories, for better or worse. While their superhero outfits might look cool to younger kids who didn't grow up with the show, the Power Ranger street clothes haven't attained retro chic. Yet.

Nonetheless, the over-the-top storyline and action prove to be nearly timeless. This movie nods to Time Bandits, Jurassic Park, and Godzilla along the way, and Zordan's chamber looks like it was lifted directly from Superman II, while Dulcea's costume looks borrowed from the costume department of Xena: Warrior Princess.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fight scenes in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. What were specific moments in the movie where the fighting felt over-the-top or cartoonish? What would have made it more realistic?

  • What are the positive messages you can glean from this show, or is it all about action and violence?

  • What's the difference between the "good" guys and the "bad" guys?

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