Parents' Guide to

The Expendables

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Legendary action cast teams up for a violent, messy muddle.

Movie R 2010 103 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 21 parent reviews

age 13+

Great Choreography, Okay storyline

This movie is full of nonstop action. If you like action this is a good movie, if you don't like action then this isn't for you. There is violence and language but no worse than CoD. The one thing is that it is a generic Cartel hostage storyline that you can get in Rambo Last blood. One good thing in this movie is that it exemplifies teamwork and having friends to help you.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 17+

It's a man's World

Good guys night out movie for the Weekend. Don't just expect something like Tree of Life. In conumerism lots and lots of old school action movies to choose from Amazon.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (21):
Kids say (45):

The advertising materials for THE EXPENDABLES carry just the right kind of gleeful, confident attitude -- but sadly, Stallone's actual movie is a giant mess and a wasted opportunity. There are too many characters for any to develop any kind of depth: Lee Christmas (Statham) is upset about his girlfriend, Ying Yang (Li) has a complex about his size, Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren) is on drugs and out of control, etc. Writer/director Stallone misses his chance to be playful, or -- better still -- to deliver a commentary on action movies in general.

Then there's his action footage, which is among the worst ever filmed. It's shaky and hacked up to the point of inducing headaches, and it's often difficult to tell which player is which. A fight between Jet Li and Lundgren should have been an enticing draw, but instead it's ridiculous and mushy. Fortunately, Mickey Rourke is absolutely superb in his few scenes as a burned-out former team member, ruminating about his lost path in life.

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