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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Fighting is the main method used to solve problems.
Positive Role Models
Through cooperation and unity, the brothers save the world from impending doom. Raphael realizes his jealousy and resentment are wrong.
Violence & Scariness
The "N" in the title stands for ninja, and there's a lot of swordplay and animated violence, including an intense battle between warriors resurrected from stone, a group of swords for hire, and the four turtles. Raphael challenges Leonardo to a fight, and they go sword to sword. An early scene set in South America features gunfire.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
April and Casey live together and kiss. Mr. Winters flirts with April.
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Mild teasing: "knuckleheads," "stupid," etc.
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Products & Purchases
The turtles have spawned an industry filled with toys, games, comcis, T-shirts, TV shows, etc.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that TMNT is the 2007 computer-animated comeback of the Ninja Turtles franchise. It can be dark and, at times, slightly frightening. Obviously, it includes several scenes of ninja fighting, including one upsetting brawl between two of the brothers. Raphael is hot-tempered and defiant; he's a rogue crime-fighter by night. There are gargoyle-like monsters, and four warriors resurrected from stone proclaim their intention to rule the world. Some of the cartoonish violence may be too intense for the youngest elementary schoolers, but most kids -- especially boys -- will be psyched to see the sword action. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Thirtysomething parents who remember the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles craze of the late '80s and early '90s won't be blown away by this completely computer-animated franchise reboot. But kids who aren't familiar with the original campy-cool, pizza-loving, sewer-dwelling, crime-fighting heroes will be hooked by these sword-wielding reptilian brothers, even though they're duller than the original foursome. Assuming they can deal with TMNT's clunky plot, throwback language, and moody setting -- which looks more like Gotham City than New York -- kids will dig the action sequences.
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