A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids will learn the value of people's different skills and how a family can work together to make a difference, fight injustice, and overcome obstacles.
The biggest theme is that families that stay together and allow their talents to shine are the strongest. Additional themes include communication and perseverance. Other issues thoughtfully explored through the characters include self-identity, marital restlessness, family dynamics, responsibility to help others, and teen angst.
Positive Role Models
Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl show their children that what's most important is for families to stick together, no matter what. Despite their differences of opinion, the Incredibles band together to save each other -- and their city. Characters demonstrate courage and teamwork.
Violence & Scariness
Many, many scenes of intense and sustained, but not bloody, violence. A host of weapons, from handguns to explosives to lasers, are used in various battles between villains and superheroes. Bullets whiz by, cars explode, buildings collapse. Skeletons of killed superheroes are shown, and references are made to superheroes who've died in various ways. Mr. Incredible believes his family has been killed in an explosion, and the family comes near death many times. Hand-to-hand fights are also portrayed, and characters punch and push each other. A man tries to commit suicide by jumping off a building. Mr. Incredible saves him, but then is taken to court where they talk about how the man should be allowed to kill himself. Overall, the body count and general violence is much higher than in most comparable animated adventures.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A long-term couple kisses several times, flirts, pinches each other on the bum, and acts passionately in love. Elastigirl thinks that Mr. Incredible is cheating on her, but he isn't. Teens have a crushes. Mirage's outfits highlight her cleavage. Elastigirl wears a skintight costume. Syndrome makes a racy comment: "You married Elastigirl and got busy?"
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A few exclamations of "oh my God!", "what the...", and "Jeez."
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Products & Purchases
Nothing in the movie; tons of licensing/merchandising tie-ins in real life -- toys, games, books, clothes, and much more.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters have (or are offered) wine, champagne, and a mimosa. Edna smokes an old-fashioned, long-stemmed cigarette.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Incredibles is an animated superhero adventure that's considered one of Pixar's all-time best for portraying mature themes about families in a way that both kids and adults can enjoy. You can expect quite a bit more violence than in many kid-targeted animated movies. There are all sorts of weapons, explosions, deaths, wide-spread destruction, and more. A man tries to kill himself by jumping off a building. Mr. Incredible saves him, but then is taken to court, where they talk about how the man should be allowed to carry out his plan. A few characters are shown with drinks in hand, and one character smokes a long-stemmed cigarette. Despite the intensity of the Bond-level violence, there are plenty of positive themes about family, courage, and identity to make this a must-see for families. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
What is most incredible and most engaging about this film is how, well, credible it is. Writer-director Brad Bird and the brainiacs at Pixar have climbed the Mount Everest of animation and created human characters as vivid and believable and utterly endearing as any who have ever appeared on film -- animation, live-action, and everything in between. In a witty prologue, we see the superheroes being interviewed. As Mr. Incredible leans toward the TV camera, he gets slightly out of focus. It must have been tempting to take advantage of the endless precision of computer images to keep the edges sharp. But this is a movie that is clever and confident enough to permit a little imperfection in pursuit of perfect believability.
The action sequences in The Incredibles are superbly staged, inventive, and exciting, especially the fights with a many-tentacled robot, and when the Incredible family is joined by the very, um, cool Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson), who can create ice out of the water molecules in the air. It's also a very funny movie, hilarious at every level, from school-age snickers to good-natured teen snarkiness to subtle grown-up laughter. Bird himself plays the funniest character in the film, the supersuit designer Edna Mode. Most of all, though, the movie has wisdom and tons of heart. It's a smart, fresh, and funny movie about the real superheroes: families who stick together.
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