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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Just because someone is old doesn't mean they should be put out to pasture; we should value the elderly. Teamwork and curiosity are clear themes.
Positive Role Models
Just like in many comics, most of the superheroes here are white and male. But of the core team of four, one is a woman, and one is black. The cool, young superhero is Indian.
Violence & Scariness
Elderly people are threatened with a knife and, in another scene, a gun. An epic battle sequence between heroes and villains has comic book-style violence: senior citizens are tossed around, and there's a comically scary image. A pool cue is jammed up a villain's rectum (meant to be funny).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A naked man is seen from the back side. Frequent use of crude sexual jokes/body humor. A couple at a nursing home has sex -- fully clothed but with full gyrations -- with mentions of Viagra.
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Frequent use of both "f--k" and "s--t." Other strong language includes "ass," "a--hole," "balls," "bitch," "crap," "dammit," "goddamn," "hell," "hooker," "nut sack," "skanky," and "t-ts." Also lots of anti-gay slurs and put-downs.
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Products & Purchases
Viagra and Uber are each featured in key scenes, but in both, the brand name is used more like a synonym for the service they provide.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke occasionally, although a comment is made that indicates they know it's not a wise choice. Brief scene in a pub shows a superhero drinking ale.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Supervized is a raunchy comedy about elderly superheroes starring Tom Berenger, Beau Bridges, Louis Gossett Jr., and Fionnula Flanagan. Expect plenty of lowbrow toilet humor, genitalia/sex jokes, and nonstop strong language ("f--k," "s--t," and much more, as well as anti-gay slurs). The opening shot is of a completely nude 70-year-old man shown from the back side; later in the film, a door is opened on two seniors having sex (they're completely clothed). Violent acts -- like a knife being held to someone's throat and a gun being fired -- are thwarted by superheroes' ability, but an epic battle scene has senior citizens being tossed around, and culminates with a comically scary image. Characters smoke occasionally, and there's a brief scene in a pub. Fun-loving adults may enjoy this film, but it might not be the best choice to watch with the grandkids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The twilight years of superheroes is a clever idea that's worth exploring, but the lowbrow jokey humor in this film makes it come off like a bawdy '80s sitcom. Supervized is directed by Steve Barron, who gave MTV kids many of the music videos they grew up with, including the iconic A-ha "Take on Me" video. The movie's special effects aren't as sophisticated as in that classic, but the campy tone and cheesy visual effects all come straight out of that era.
The familiar faces are a welcome sight: Bridges, Gossett Jr., and Berenger show they've still got it, and Irish actress Flanagan is a wonder as a superhero who seems just as powerful without her special skills. Add in the excellent Fiona Glascott as the senior care facility manager, and the film is elevated far beyond what the script has to offer. But the lewd, crude, and outdated dialogue evokes a feeling of pity that such top-notch talent is now relegated to working in a film that's beneath their abilities. Though that does fit with the movie's message: The elderly possess the superpower of invisibility because society ignores and forgets them. That's a worthy takeaway, but in creating an unmemorable film that's most likely to appeal to seniors, the message is more likely to be relatable than actionable.
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