• Review Date: November 18, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 121 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Explosion movie is too violent for little ones.
  • Review Date: November 18, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 121 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Discussions of being good pilots, some deception and disobedience.


Lots of explosions, video-gamey and mostly from the air, so bodies fall away and catch on fire, mostly anonymously.


Some references and language.


Action-heroic posturing and cursing.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking and smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie features lots of fighter jet action, explosions, drinking (martinis, beer), smoking, tough fighter language, and sexual references, sometimes raunchy (ménage a trois).

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Full of explosions and video game-like fighter jet scenes, STEALTH poses a serious problem beneath its giddy surface. That is, does the escalation of war by technological advances lead to more or fewer human costs? The movie sets off three excellent Talon pilots -- Kara (Jessica Biel), Henry (Jamie Foxx), and Ben (Josh Lucas) -- against their new \"wingman,\" the UCAV (Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle) nicknamed EDI, a newfangled robotic fighter jet. Touted by Captain Cummings (Sam Shepard) as \"the future of digital warfare. EDI is all blinking lights and silky vocals. Once struck by lightning, though, EDI goes off grid, and begins seeking out all sorts of targets, thus threatening to start a world war. Ben and Cummings discuss the uses of robot weapons, Cummings believing that they will reduce \"body bags,\" while Ben (like Kara) thinks the human element of piloting is crucial. During their search for EDI, the three pilots are separated, which makes for multiple action scenes with characters in peril.

Is it any good?


The action bits are predictably well-choreographed and boisterous, but also distracting (yes, even in an action movie, too much of a good thing is still too much). Stealth wants to be a smarter movie than it is, posing the cases for and against technological warfare, tracing foibles not only of individuals within the financing and command systems, but also in the systems themselves. A self-declared post-9/11 action movie, it's mightily conflicted, exhilarating in the visuals and visceral effects, but stubbornly clinging a core idea, that war is actually bad -- for everyone.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the gendered differences between attitudes toward war (the girl pilot is more emphatically moralistic and humanistic than the boys). Also worth considering is the film's framing of war as a series of choices, and how technology can enhance, exacerbate, and (ideally) alleviate human costs. How is the robot pilot's disobedience singular or systemic? How does the film produce viewer pleasure in the battle images, but also ask you to consider the victimization of farmers and other civilians?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 29, 2005
DVD release date:November 15, 2005
Cast:Jamie Foxx, Jessica Biel, Josh Lucas
Director:Rob Cohen
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Run time:121 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:intense action, some violence, brief strong language and innuendo

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Teen, 13 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

ZZZZZ Boring

I saw this movie with my mom, hoping it would be something like "XXX"... its not anything like it. I felt like i I was watching the same thing over and over and over again. the acting was pretty good though.
Teen, 15 years old Written byMedia45 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
Teen, 16 years old Written bycyclone09 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

really good!

the storyline was completely different than the trailer depicts it.....and in a good way!!! this is a good summer movie with a great cast. the special effects are awesome but the intensity of the movie may be too much for some kids under 11-12 range. 12+.


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