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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Good triumphs over evil. It's one thing to say that you're old enough to handle responsibility, but something else entirely to prove it.
Positive Role Models
Through how he responds to danger and difficulty, Alan Tracy proves that he has what it takes to be one of the Thunderbirds.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish violence, with fights and explosions. Characters punch, kick, and throw each other. A space station nearly falls into Earth's atmosphere. Two characters kick an enemy in the crotch at the same time. When antagonists cause damage to a monorail in London, innocent commuters are trapped in traincars at the bottom of the Thames River.
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A boy mocks Alan for liking the "Thunder-turds." "Damn." A character with a stuttering problem says, "Fuh ... fuh ... fuh ... no way."
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Products & Purchases
Ford vehicles and the Ford logo are displayed prominently throughout the film. When the film cuts to scenes of news reports, the report is sponsored by Ford.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Thunderbirds s a vibrant-hued action movie starring Bill Paxton as the leader of the Tracy family, aka the Thunderbirds, a secret group of heroes dedicated to righting wrong wherever they find it. Based on the 1960s TV series of the same name, the film features bombastic special effects and an exaggerated, cartoonish violence in the battle and fight scenes. There's lots of punching, kicking, and, in one instance, a double kick to the crotch of an antagonist. When antagonists cause damage to a monorail in London, innocent commuters are trapped in traincars at the bottom of the Thames River. There's major product placement, with Ford vehicles are prominently displayed, and the Ford logo is shown each time news reports of the action are presented on TV. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Corbett makes for an attractive and appealing hero and the kids have a nice natural chemistry together. Kingsley is clearly enjoying himself as Hood, but the highlight of the movie is the delicious Sophia Myles as Lady Penelope, who is always game to trounce the bad guys while tossing off quips and maintaining her exquisite coiffure.
The action sequences in Thunderbirds are exciting without being too scary. Kids will enjoy seeing the bad guys sprayed with Nickelodeon-style green slime and the way that Fermat uses Alan's retainer to save the day at a crucial moment. The equipment is also very cool, especially Lady Penelope's very chic pink car/plane and Alan's hovercraft. The film drags a bit when the kids are chasing the bad guys all over the island while we are impatient for them to just get on the darn plane, but overall, these Thunderbirds are GO!
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