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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
With Shep as an example of courage, Charlie learns to be brave. Self-esteem can come from standing up for yourself.
Positive Role Models
Shep fights intergalactic evil. Charlie works hard and protects his family.
Violence & Scariness
Using superhuman strength and wiles, Shep shoots, punches, crunches, and tosses around bad guys. The mayhem is mostly played for comic effect, much of it shot to echo Three Stooges stunts with rubber hammers and the like. General Suitor's hand is cut off, and a scary lizard-like one grows back. His life threatened, Charlie grabs Suitor’s testicles, which triggers the bad guy to shed human form and appear as his slimy eight-foot lizard self. Charlie mock-drag races with his fellow commuters every morning. Shep falls while trying to skateboard. Mechanics next door block Charlie's driveway and threaten him. A purse snatcher is caught, and seeming rapists (one says, “She’s mine first”) are thwarted. Shep upends the sports car of two teenagers who drive recklessly through the suburban neighborhood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Charlie's wife appears in wig, black lingerie, silk robe after he’s had a hard day; he says he's "not in the mood." A secretary presses herself up against Shep while describing how she enjoys watching football’s "big burly boys beating the crap out of each other."
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"Shut up," "Christ," "smart-ass," "piss ass," and "crap."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cocktail party guests drink. Shep drinks antifreeze to avoid being frozen by a space weapon.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Suburban Commando is a '90s movie starring Hulk Hogan. The violence is mostly slapstick and played for comedy, although the slimy and lizard-like alien villain may frighten small children. Spaceships and space weapons take a back seat to the Hulk's brawn in many funny physical confrontations. Much of the humor and violence derive from his unfamiliarity with earthly ways. General Suitor's hand is cut off, and a scary lizard-like one grows back. His life threatened, Charlie grabs Suitor's testicles, which triggers the bad guy to shed human form and appear as his slimy eight-foot lizard self. Expect some innuendo and drinking; profanity includes "ass," "Christ," and "crap." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Given the banging, punching, and physicality you can expect of a Hulk Hogan movie, this guilty-pleasure comedy is surprisingly well-paced, clever, and fun. When Shep appears in a small town wearing his Star Wars getup, one pedestrian quips, "Guess you don't shop off the rack much, huh, buddy?" Later, the intergalactic bounty hunters who dog him are even bulkier than Shep, but when one opens his menacing mouth, he speaks in a child's voice. "You're a dead man, Ramsay," he peeps. Hogan plays Shep winkingly, without any pretension to great acting, which works fine here. Christopher Lloyd is solid as the underappreciated milquetoast Charlie. Music is used well to enhance the comic plotting and imagery, including a calypso "Jingle Bells" over images of frozen bank customers and the rousing William Tell Overture as Shep rides away into space.
Don't expect an overarching sense of reality, though. When Shep gets ready to blast off in a new ship, you wonder where such a complex piece of rocketry came from and why no federal agency arrived to have a chat after the giant explosion his old ship caused. And some of the movie looks dated. But some kids may get a kick out of this silly story.
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