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The Amazing Bulk
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Amazing Bulk is a low-budget, lowbrow spoof of Marvel Comics' Incredible Hulk movies. Live actors perform in front of animated backdrops that blend fantasy and reality, and all effects and settings are easily seen as fake. A murder by gunshot to the head shows blood splashed on the wall behind, and is shown in flashback several more times. Other violence is fantasy or cartoonish, with guns firing, people and property getting stomped on by a monster, explosions, and a couple of fights with punching and slapping. There's some brief kissing and sexual innuendo, and a woman gropes between the monster's legs without showing anything. Profanity is infrequent and includes "ass," goddamned," and beginnings of "holy s--t." There's also some just plain bad taste, like when a man urinates on a grave (only his face and body movements are shown).
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What's the story?
Henry (Hank) Howard transforms into THE AMAZING BULK when he injects himself with an experimental serum. Transformed into a giant, purple monster, he's unable to control his rage and causes widespread mayhem and destruction. Hank's boss is the General, who wants the serum to create a race of supersoldiers and who also happens to be the father of Hannah, Hank's girlfriend. Meanwhile, supervillain Dr. Kantlove is threatening to blow up the moon. Can the Bulk thwart his evil plan and save the earth?
Is it any good?
Lowbrow and even lower-budget, this spoof is devoid of any real cleverness or insight that would at least grant it "so bad, it's good" status. Deliberately making every aspect of the movie as cheesy and bad as possible simply isn't enough to make The Amazing Bulk worthwhile. Even teen appeal is limited thanks to long, boring sequences that repeat the same thing over and over. Pass.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether The Amazing Bulk is a good spoof. What makes a parody work? How does this compare to other parodies or satires you've seen?
Is seeing animated violence different from live action? Why or why not? How much is OK to show in movies and TV?
What makes something "so bad, it's good"? What are some movies or TV shows you've seen that qualify as that?
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