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The Incredibles



Top-notch, action-packed fun for the entire family.
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  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 105 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

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.

Positive messages

The biggest theme is that families that stay together and allow their talents to shine are the strongest. Other issues thoughtfully explored through the characters include self-identity, marital malaise, 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.

Violence & scariness

There are 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 various ways. Mr. Incredible believes his family has been killed in a jetplane explosion, and the family comes near death many, many times. Hand-to-hand fights are also portrayed, and characters punch and push each other. Overall, the body count and general violence is much higher than in most comparable animated adventures.

Sexy stuff

Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, who are married, kiss several times, flirt with each other (before they're married), pinch each other on the bum, and act passionately in love. Elastigirl assumes Mr. Incredible is committing adultery, but he isn't. Teenagers have a crush on each other. Mirage wears revealing outfits that highlight her dramatic cleavage. Elastigirl has a knock-out hourglass figure in her skintight costume. Syndrome makes a racy comment: "You married Elastigirl and got busy?"


A few exclamations of "Oh my God!", "What the...", and "Jeez."

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters have (or are offered) wine, champagne, and a mimosa. Edna smokes an old-fashioned, long-stemmed cigarette.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated Pixar film is considered one of their all-time best for portraying mature themes about families in a way that both kids and adults can enjoy. Because of the movie's focus on a superhero family, there's much more violence than is usually featured in comparable PG-rated movies. The family adventure includes all sorts of weapons, explosions, deaths, wide-spread destruction and more. A few characters are shown with drinks in hand, and one character even 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.

What's the story?

Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), a superheroine whose limbs and torso can stretch the length of an Olympic swimming pool, pauses for just a second on the way to saving the world to check out her rear end in the form-fitting super-suit. Seems that after three kids, there's a bit of stretching there that doesn't have anything to do with superpowers. Her super-strong husband, Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), finds that if he isn't careful throwing evil robots around, he can throw his back out, too. Everyday life is challenging enough for these superhero parents, especially with a young baby, a super-speedy son, and a middle-school daughter who can create force fields and make herself invisible. Cleverly these super-powers resemble some familiar family roles -- powerful dad, stretched-thin mom, hyperactive jock son, shy and awkward daughter -- and add resonance to this story of family who sticks together, no matter what.

Is it any good?


What is most incredible and most engaging about THE INCREDIBLES 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 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what superpowers they would most like to have and why. What would your uniform look like? Why did Violet begin to wear her hair back after she used her superpowers, and what made Syndrome so angry?

  • Talk about the violence in the movie. Did it bother you? Did you notice yourself feeling more aggressive after watching? Would the movie have been as effective without the violence?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 5, 2004
DVD/Streaming release date:March 15, 2005
Cast:Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson
Director:Brad Bird
Studio:Pixar Animation Studios
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures, Book characters, Great boy role models, Great girl role models
Character strengths:Communication, Courage, Perseverance, Teamwork
Run time:105 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:action violence
Awards/Honors:Common Sense Media Award

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Teen, 13 years old Written bySweetheartCassie October 4, 2009
As, dare I say, incredible, this movie is, many things little ones shouldn't watch are snuck in. 1) A man attempts suicide and sues the person who stops him. 2) In one scene, it is repeatedly stated that a girl is "hungry" for a guy she has romantic feelings for. This would bother me less if the character in question was not a teenager no older than fourteen. 3)Word of warning: A married couple are made to appear as if they are on the verge of divorce after only one argument. This could open up discussions about arguments between parents. 4)A major plot point is a woman believes her husband is having an affair. You might want to explain what this means with their kids beforehand. If they are not old enough to understand that, they should not see this movie. 5) Not to nitpick, but a police officer immediately pulls out a gun when he sees two men he thinks are robbing a jewelry store. A real police officer would first talk to the robber, and if that didn't work, use pepper spray. It is only at that point that he would pull a gun.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written byrobinrunner March 23, 2011

A fun-to-watch combinaton of a super hero movie combined with a warm family-oriented pixar flick.

I remember seeing this movie a long time ago. I was never so impressed at what I saw before in my life. Parents don't need to worry that much. Violence is the only key issue. You see Mrs. and Mr. Incredible pinching each others butt in one montage (you don't actually see thier hands, just thier reactions and it's only for about 4 seconds with no sound just music). I also said that the main role model, Mr. Incredible lies to his wife about his job. But he does learn from his mistakes.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byBaconBitz March 7, 2010

May be too intense for younger kids

The Incredibles was a great movie. The action is non-stop but there is nothing serious. The characters care for and support each other.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models


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