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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Heroes travel to ancient Japan; some mild peril.

Movie PG 1993 96 minutes
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They're turtles, they're teenage, they're mutant, and, uh, ninjas, and that's pretty much -- no more and no less -- what you get in this movie. This plot is unimpeded by backstory, so if you don't know where these guys come from, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III won't enlighten you, and that tells you exactly how little you need to know about anything to watch this. The sole purpose of what stands in for plot here is to create a long string on which to hang fight scenes that allow the animatronic puppets/actors to dance, kick-box, punch, and toss one-liners so fast that there's no time to linger on the quality.

This light-hearted foursome joke about everything. Even when the lines aren't truly funny, the pace gives the impression that what's happening must be funny, or at least engaging, and before you know it, 96 minutes have passed. Note that given the peak of TMNT's popularity was the late 1980s and early 1990s, the slang is a bit 20th century. "Dudes" have timing that is "most excellent," a la Wayne's World and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.

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