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Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Game-based animated comedy has strong violence, language.

Movie R 2023 76 minutes
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This is a violent movie that's also surprisingly funny. There's a self-aware humor that makes Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match stand out among all the more adult and older teen-appropriate animated features based on video games and/or multiverses. The soundtrack alone is hilarious, perfectly parodying the high-octane banality of ‘80s action movie soundtracks. As "hero" Johnny Cage, Joel McHale is full of quips and one-liners and these humorous moments (and note the cameo from Gilbert Gottfried, who plays Johnny's foul-mouthed agent) stand out almost as much as the obligatory violence.

The humor is dry, self-aware, and cynical, and it works. One wishes the aforementioned "multiverse" movies could have at least some humor like this instead of attempts at humor that are the textbook definition of "groan-worthy." This isn't a masterpiece of animation and story, but it's entertaining.

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