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The Green Hornet

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Superhero "bromance" is funny but overly childish.

Movie PG-13 2011 119 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 41 parent reviews

age 12+

Green Hornet Review

It was a good movie but the main character was a jerk until the very end. He didn't fully redeem himself but he got better.
age 12+

The green hornet

I think the Commonsense review is about right for this movie re: language, sexual content etc. but parents should also be aware that there is quite a lot of killing in this movie. In one particular scene that is disturbing to viewers on the younger side, innocent people are killed simply for wearing green. The violence in the scene is more implied than graphic (although the silhouette of thugs beating someone to death is quite disturbing) and the dead bodies all lined up in a row is also quite confronting.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (41 ):
Kids say (77 ):

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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