The Amazing Bulk
By Andrea Beach,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Lowbrow, violent superhero spoof is just plain bad.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Lowbrow comedy spoof meant to entertain.
Positive Role Models
Cartoonish characters exaggerate hero and villain stereotypes.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon violence with live-action actors. A mugger puts a gun into his victim's mouth with sexual innuendo, then fires the gun; obviously fake, animated blood splashes on the wall behind. This murder is flashed back to three or four times. A crime scene shows murder victims with small amounts of blood. A few fights with punching and slapping. Animated footage of missiles blowing up famous buildings and structures like Stonehenge. An animated monster steps on people and cars, smashing them and causing explosions. Long sequence of cops firing their sidearms at a monster. An animated ray gun turns a man into a skeleton that collapses.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman gropes between a fantasy creature's legs, seen from the side so that nothing graphic is shown. Some brief kisses. A couple talk about wanting kids and not being pregnant right now. A scantily clad woman is dressed like a sex worker. Some sexual innuendo about erectile dysfunction and in a couple of long sequences showing rockets taking off, fireworks, and satellites in space connecting to one another repeatedly. A man urinates on a grave (only his face and body movements are shown).
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"Ass," "pissant," "goddamned," "damn," "bastard," "Chrissake," "son of a bitch," and the beginnings of "holy s--t."
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Products & Purchases
Capitalizes on the popularity of the Marvel Hulk movies.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man injects himself with a fantasy serum; the hypodermic needle is shown on his arm poised to go in. A woman starts to light a cigarette but the match blows out. The General offers Hank a bottle of wine, he declines. A man drinks from a flask and acts drunk. A bar has a large display of liquor bottles.
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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?
- On DVD or streaming: April 17, 2012
- Cast: Jordan Lawson, Shevaun Kastl, Terence Lording
- Director: Lewis Schoenbrun
- Studio: Laybl Productions
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures
- Run time: 76 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: April 5, 2023
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