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Secret Headquarters

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Tween superhero adventure has sci-fi weapons, violence.

Movie PG 2022 89 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 12+

Great family movie for the tween crowd!

This was a great movie. It has a fair amount of violence so if your children are sensitive be aware of that. No sexual content other than two of the girls having crushes on two of the boys, but it was a small part of the story line and very tame. There was also a long first awkward kiss at the very end of the movie between two of the kids. Insults were pretty tame and there was no profanity at all. This was an enjoyable family movie. Had a great message about friendship and teamwork and protecting the greater good. We have been waiting for a decent movie to come out for a while as everything lately has been iffy content and unnecessary profanity. This was a refreshing change.

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Great messages
Great role models
5 people found this helpful.
age 12+

Too violent to be PG

Although this is rated PG, it was much more violent and gun-heavy than what I would consider appropriate for PG. There's a man whose face is burned in the movie.

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Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (7 ):

This fun, tween-friendly superhero adventure centers on the hero's son and his clever friends, who use all their resources to stand up to corporate bullies. Co-directors/writers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman show how the young teens would realistically use The Guard's gadgets to get ahead at school and in sports before having to make more mature decisions about how to defeat the nefarious Argon and his trained assassins/security detail. The violence swings between comical (there are shades of Home Alone as the kids use accessories to trip up the baddies) and occasionally surprisingly peril (overt death threats against the kids). This being a family-targeted film, no lasting (physical) harm comes to the teens, but the hostage-taking scenes and "get rid of them" threats might prove upsetting for young or sensitive-to-weapons kids. On the bright side, Peña is funny as the villain. His mercenaries -- with stern expressions and perpetually pointed weapons -- are the real menaces.

Scobell, who has been tapped to play Percy Jackson for the TV series reboot, is ideally cast as a believable middle schooler with an adorable crush and a loyal set of besties. The two girls talk about much more than boys and have surprisingly adept skills, given the circumstances (Maya knows tactics and weaponry; Lizzie is a computer science and math whiz). Williams is a sweet softie as Charlie's BFF, and Kezii Curtis has a memorable supporting role as Berger's driving, INXS-loving older brother "Big Mac" ("Never Tear Us Apart" pops up a couple of times). For all of its silliness, the movie also provides underlying messages about the value of honest parent-kid communication, teamwork, and using your talents -- with or without super gadgets.

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