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X-Men: Days of Future Past

Time-traveling superhero sequel has lots of action violence.
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  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 130 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

A good friendship can withstand most disagreements, especially when both parties can communicate well with each other. Killing isn't the answer to problems; instead friendship, support, unity, and hope can save the day. Also: Don't fear what's different, and embrace who you are.

Positive role models

Although there are some clearly evil characters, the young professor is a generous, kind-hearted man who sometimes feels things a little too heavily. He's committed to righting wrongs the right way. Most of the mutants in this film are kind, caring, and compassionate, and demonstrate teamwork to solve problems. Some strong, powerful female characters and a somewhat diverse cast.

Violence

Plenty of action, including super-powered combat featuring all kinds of unusual powers. Lots of destruction and wreckage. People are thrown, stabbed, and shot at. There's an overwhelming sense of menace. Some scenes include shots of corpses and skeletal remains. Structures explode and get uprooted. 

Sex

A man's naked backside is shown after he gets up from bed. There's a woman lying next to him. Some flirting at a bar. One blue, scaly female mutant sometimes walks around nude (though it looks as though she's wearing all-over body armor).

Language

Language includes a few uses of words like "s--t," "a--hole," "hell," and "bloody," plus a single "f--k."

Consumerism

Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise, plus some vintage signage for Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and a couple other brands.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Younger Professor X shoots up a serum that dulls his powers and helps him walk and seems to mimic the effect of heroin. Viewers see close-ups of the needle entering the vein. He also drinks a lot when we first see him, with lots of liquor bottles around. Other social drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that X-Men: Days of Future Past (the sequel to X-Men: First Class) is an exciting superhero film that's filled with fantastic special effects -- and bone-crunching battles. There's some blood -- as well as guns, stabbing, and hand-to-hand fighting -- though most of the action violence is of the large-scale carnage variety, including explosions and super-powered combat. Skeletons and corpses are seen. One scene shows a man's naked backside after he gets out of bed (a woman is lying next to him), and there's some swearing (one "f--k," plus "s--t," etc. ), drinking (the young professor drinks a lot, with bottles all around), and the "shooting up" of a serum that mimics drug use. As with all of the X-Men movies, this one explores issues of identity, fearing what's different, and embracing who you are, as well as the notion that killing isn't the answer to problems.

What's the story?

In X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, it's the future, and mutants are in peril after a prolonged battle with both humans and robotic warriors, called Sentinels, that were designed to fight mutants by Boliver Trask (Peter Dinklage). This dismal situation harkens back to 1973, when Raven -- aka Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) -- shot Trask to put a stop to the growing threat against mutants. But that plan has clearly backfired, so Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) decide that the only solution is to send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back to 1973 to prevent Mystique from pulling the trigger. But the professor and Magneto's younger selves (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender) are as estranged as two friends can get, and Mystique is filled with rage.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The X-Men franchise knows how to deliver the goods -- this movie is thrilling filmmaking, a deft combination of engaged storytelling and impressive special effects. (Plus, heaps of charisma from the likes of McAvoy, Fassbender, and Jackman). While the film sometimes feels overcrowded, with too many characters and a busy plot -- you may find yourself wishing you'd spent more time getting to know a character or doing without them at all -- X-Men: Days of Future Past manages to be entertaining, not just for die-hard X-Men fans but also for those seeing it without the X-Men fandom lens. It's great to watch the talented cast do their thing, do it well, and enjoy themselves to boot. The audience will be cheering them on.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about superhero movies. How does X-Men: Days of Future Past compare with the other X-Men films? How do the X-Men movies stack up against other popular franchises, such as The Avengers or Spider-Man? What makes each one stand apart from the others? 

  • What do the X-Men movies have to say about racism and discrimination? How do ordinary people view mutants? 

  • What do the mutants' struggles have in common with other challenges that people have faced? Why do people tend to fear what is different?

  • How do the characters in X-Men: Days of Future Past demonstrate teamwork? Why is this an important character strength?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 23, 2014
DVD/Streaming release date:October 14, 2014
Cast:Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman
Director:Bryan Singer
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Superheroes
Character strengths:Teamwork
Run time:130 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity and language

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Parent Written byserpicolugnut May 23, 2014

Uneven

This is the most 'grown up' movie in the X-Men franchise. There seems to be more profanity than normal, and Charles use of a drug that gives him the ability to walk, mimics heroin usage, and shows some graphic 'shooting up' scenes. There's also the gratuitous scene of Hugh Jackman naked from behind. My girls love the X-Men, but I feel at their age, there's just too many adult themes in this movie that I'm not comfortable with them seeing. Maybe in a few years.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written bybholshouser December 14, 2014

Not for children!!!!

Very disappointed in new x-men movie! My children are huge super hero and x-men fans, yet this movie is highly inappropriate. It is rated pg13 and I don't even want my 13 year old seeing Hugh Jackman ' s backside or hearing the F word. The movie would have been just as entertaining and effective without the bad language and nudity!!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written bytreat02 June 16, 2014

Well Done

This movie was a good movie. If you're an x-men fan, I would recommend. As for kids, the movie had curse words "s--t" "d--m" but it wasn't overdone. Violence is a big part of this movie. It's not really bloody, but there are fighting scenes and there are guns in the movie. Also, there's the fact that a character wants to kill another character. The movie isn't too sexual. There is one moment where you see Logan's buttocks (he is naked, but nothing other than his backside is shown) and it is said that he had intercourse with a woman. It wasn't too bad, and I do think a thirteen year old would be fine to see this (maybe twelve). All in all, I really liked the movie.