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X-Men: The Last Stand

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X-Men battle for their lives yet again. Tweens OK.
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  • Review Date: October 1, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 104 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Themes of friendship and group unity, as well as the celebration of difference.

Positive role models

Good mutants encourage difference and individuality, bad mutants try to kill those who don't agree with them.

Violence

Comic-booky explosions, stabbings, shootouts, and fist/kick fights; brief scene of self-mutilation and upset as young boy tries to remove his "mutant" wings; Mystique assaults her police interrogators; police/military use guns with cure-carrying darts; characters explode into bits (including paternal Professor X, which might worry young viewers who are fond of him); Magneto breaks up the Golden Gate Bridge.; showdown at film's end includes fire, walls collapsing, electrocution; Jean sucks Wolverine's skin off him in patches; up-close stabbing.

Sex

Passionate kissing; one becomes an all-body (legs included) embrace; Rogue is visibly jealous of boyfriend's flirtation with another girl. One mutant uses her powers to undo a man's pants. Mystique is more or less naked (in a non-sexual way) at all times, though she's usually covered in blue, scaly skin. One scene shows her naked without that covering, but the crucial bits are covered.

Language

Fairly mild: "bitch," "hell," "ass," "dick," etc.

Consumerism

Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wolverine smokes a cigar.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film includes comic-bookish violence: characters are repeatedly stabbed, shot, smashed, and variously injured (bloody gashes on faces or bodies, some -- on Wolverine -- healing themselves immediately), thrown against or through walls, exploded, burned, and frozen. Vehicles and buildings explode with fiery booms, the Golden Gate Bridge is lifted and crashed into Alcatraz Island, with violent shaking of humans driving on it. Human military units shoot weapons loaded with cure-bearing darts. In a flashback, a young boy tries to cut his wings off, causing bloody wounds. A passionate kiss leads to one character's death (off-screen), another passionate embrace leads to a violent clash. Mystique's blue suit looks painted on.

What's the story?

In the third film of the series, Warren Worthington II (Michael Murphy), whose son is the magnificently bewinged Angel (Ben Foster), develops a genetic "cure" for mutantism. Pressured by his father to take the injection that will make him "fit in," Angel resists. While Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and the X-Men only want to be accepted for who they are, the grand Magneto (Ian McKellen) declares his opposition to the humans' puny plan. He gathers together an army of angry mutants, including "the Beast" (Kelsey Grammer), pin-bodied Kid Omega (Ken Leung) and punky speed-demon Callisto (Dania Ramirez), who agree to fight not only the U.S. government, but also the X-Men, who now number six. The struggle between the two bands of mutants is laid out in the story of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), who returns as Phoenix, a Class Five mutant capable of all kinds of destruction. Phoenix's love interests, Cyclops (James Marsden) and Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), battle over her, as do Professor X and Magneto, because whoever controls this most powerful "creature" will run the world. Soon, Homeland Security is worrying about the mutants' threat and Magneto is making underground videotapes to disseminate dire warnings against his opponents.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Full of comic book action, rudimentary passion, and fiery tragedy, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND is also unfocused. Tying together a number of dangling plot strands, dropping in a couple of additional themes, and introducing new X-Men, this third entry in the film franchise isn't as quirky and endearing as the first two, though it does deliver the usual family melodrama and sensational finale.

The plot has never been this franchise's strong suit. Rather, The X-Men films delight in quirky, complicated, flamboyant characters, sometimes subversively funny, sometimes outrageously desirous. As Mystique (Rebecca Romijn) goes missing in the early part of the film, the next closest fun freaks are the thudding Juggernaut (Vinnie Jones) and the charming, coming-into-her-own Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page). But their appearances are brief, as the film is crowded with other characters and plots, such that its end -- yet another celebration of diversity that remains at risk -- only seems like more of the same.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the theme of friendship and group unity, as well as the celebration of difference: The X-Men look after one another even when they are accused of being afflicted with a "disease" and offered a "cure." How do the X-Men challenge conformity and encourage creativity, even as they learn discipline and good manners at school?

  • How do the several generations of X-Men come together to form an alternative, supportive family?

  • How does this movie compare to other X-Men stories?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 26, 2006
DVD release date:October 3, 2006
Cast:Famke Janssen, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen
Director:Brett Ratner
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Superheroes
Run time:104 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:intense sequences of action violence, some sexual content and language.

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Adult Written byBestPicture1996 February 10, 2014

An average end to an above average trilogy!

Bryan Singer chose to direct the mediocre "Superman Returns" over this. I wish he hadn't. Instead of dipping into other hero gene pools, he needed to stay where he'd left his biggest mark! His absence is notable: there's cheesier dialogue, an absence of major characters and new characters that add little to the story. Otherwise, the story was solid, the effects I'd go as far to say were superb, except Professor X and Magneto's CGI faces set 2 decades in the past in the beginning of the film. It's the weakest of the original 3 for sure, but the acting and action still make it worth a watch.
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Too much violence
Parent of a 13 year old Written byohya August 8, 2010

its ok to skip this movie,not that good

Violence:PG-13 Sexual Content:HighPG Language:HighPG
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byamyrateittest April 9, 2008

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