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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Britt and Kato learn lessons about friendship, freedom of the press, the dangers of political corruption, and the need for newspapers to report the truth ethically.
Positive Role Models
The only clear role model in the movie is Lenore, who's smart and hardworking and doesn't predictably fall for either guy in the movie.
Violence & Scariness
Although the violence is bloodless, there's a high body count, with the deaths occurring in various ways -- from (double-barrel) guns at close range to explosions to being buried, crushed, etc. Most of the violent scenes involve hand-to-hand fights, martial-arts, and some punching and kicking.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In the first few scenes of the movie, Britt is shown hanging out with many beautiful women, slapping their bottoms and dancing with them. Many women at his parties are dressed provocatively. Britt makes out with a woman in one scene and another in the next. He wakes up next to a woman he's obviously slept with but can't remember her name (she's dressed only in a bra). He tries to kiss his assistant, but she pushes him off of her.
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Lots of swearing, especially "s--t" and "ass," but also "p---y," "bitch," "d--k," "damn," "hell," "crap," "douche," "goddamn," and the like. One use of "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise. Red Bull, a Jaguar, and the cars that Britt has in his garage.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Britt parties hard, and at the beginning of the film he's shown drinking with all his friends. Later he tries to mix a drink of vodka and Red Bull. References to crystal meth and a drug lab.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this superhero flick is really more of a "bromantic" comedy, with lots of childish language and violence. Fairly frequent strong language includes "s--t" and "ass" and their many variations, plus "p---y," "d--k," and one use of "f--k." Sexuality and alcohol are concentrated in the first third of the movie, including a fair bit of partying and one scene in which Britt (Seth Rogen) wakes up in bed with a bra-clad woman. There are no big life lessons to learn or strongly positive role models, as the two main characters aren't morally righteous superheroes we're used to in similar films. Instead, they're basically independently financed boys with toys who do good more for kicks than out of a real sense of duty. Note: The 3-D version of the movie has heightened martial arts/action sequences. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Although the movie's opening is well acted, brilliantly written, and comedically paced, the rest of THE GREEN HORNET is a mixed bag. Yes, Rogen is perfect as a rich party boy who never amounted to much, but the movie hinges on his chemistry with his man/bro/employee, Kato. Chou is difficult to understand at times, and his rapport with Rogen seems forced, which is a first for a Rogen film. The Green Hornet is, at heart, a superhero "bromance," and since the bromance in question is so silly and unbelievable, it doesn't add up to the pleasant odd-couple pairings we're used to (Jackie Chan's goofball sidekick comedies come to mind).
Obviously director Michel Gondry isn't trying to make a Serious Superhero Film a la Christopher Nolan, Tim Burton, or Bryan Singer. But did Britt really need to sound like a 9-year-old boy who's just gotten ahold of some really cool toys? That works for an audience of, yes, tween boys, but adults may find it tiring. On the bright side, it's refreshing to see Diaz play a woman who has no interest in the superheroes. She's no Lois Lane or Mary Jane Watson hoping to steal another kiss from a dashing hero ... because Britt and Kato basically aren't superheroes. They're two guys with enough money (courtesy of Britt) and smarts (courtesy of Kato) to pull off some brave stunts. But that's not to say there aren't laughs, because there are -- however puerile they might be -- and there's even a tiny tribute to Lee in one quick scene. Perhaps the Lee nostalgia will be enough for grown men and teenage boys, but the movie may leave many moviegoers checking their watches between laughs.
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