Transformers: Age of Extinction

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Occasional thrills can't save plodding, messy sequel.

PG-13 2014 166 minutes

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age 12+

Based on 24 reviews

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age 12+

Based on 75 reviews

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age 13+

Crass and much too long...

First, at 166 min. this movie becomes a relentless cacophony of violence that results in mind numbing boredom. "What? Another climactic battle? There have been two already!", said my son. Had it been edited down to 110-120min. with just a touch more character depth, it would have rivaled a good Marvel movie. Second, and like the others in the franchise, it is entirely out of touch with the #metoo movement. There is a moment of overt sexism at nearly every break in the violence. Further, the primary female character is largely portrayed as a sex object that can be strong in spite of being a woman, rather than because of it. Lastly, there is gratuitous use of crass language. I'm no language prude and have worked to teach my son that all language has value when used appropriately (I've always felt that the occasional well placed expletive has value). But in this movie, much of the foul language was not used to powerful dramatic or comedic effect, but feels like it was invoked as a lazy device to make the movie seem more mature than it really was.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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