XXX

  • Review Date: May 20, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 124 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Vin Diesel, every teen's fantasy action hero.
  • Review Date: May 20, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 124 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive role models

Triple X is given a chance to do some good rather than go to jail... that about says it all.

Violence

Chase scenes and big explosions, not too graphic.

Sex

A pole dance and suggested sex.

Language

Some strong language.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking, smoking, and drug use; hero does not do any.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Vin Diesel movie has lots of intense action sequences and strong language for a PG-13 rating. Characters use drugs, drink, and smoke. In one scene, a number of people are killed in a particularly heartless fashion, while others watch and make fun of them. There are implied sexual situations, including a character telling his girlfriend to have sex with someone else and a woman given to X as a sexual favor, but nothing explicit is shown. A character explains his plans for world anarchy in a manner that is worth discussing with teenagers who see the film.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Always on the verge of being arrested for his over-the-top stunts, extreme sportsman Triple X (Vin Diesel) turns spy when spy chief Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) offers him the chance to work for the good guys instead of going to jail. The CIA assigns Triple X to a case involving a group in Prague that seems to be involved in more than the usual nastiness of drugs, stolen cars, and very loud music. X incorporates every extreme sport into his efforts to stop the bad guys from sending out a lethal biological agent to random cities.

Is it any good?

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XXX is not a movie about plot or character. It is a movie about gadgets, girls, explosions, and "golly, did you see that?" They have taken the essence of 14-year-old boy fantasy and put it up on the screen. This is The Dirty Dozen with one guy playing all twelve parts.

There are some great stunts, especially a snowboard race with an avalanche that would be scarier if it didn't recall the similar scene with Scrat at the beginning of Ice Age. It is too bad that the bad guy is not as interesting as X -- he's just a generic post-communist era guy with an evil plan, a big mouth, a remote control, a girlfriend who is too smart and pretty for him, and a getaway speedboat. But this movie is clearly designed as the first of a series, and it is all about X. Diesel is just the guy for the part, delivering the lines, the kisses, and the action scenes with attitude to spare.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the different definitions of "freedom" that bad guy Yorgi, X, and Gibbons mean when they use the term.

  • What is your own definition? Why? How does X decide who deserves his

  • loyalty? How does Yorgi? How does Gibbons?

  • Parents might also discuss

  • the sexual innuendos with their younger kids to put some of the pole

  • dancing favors into perspective. As for the rest, you might ask your

  • kids what makes a bad guy a bad guy?

  • The hero has good and bad in him.

  • What do they admire? What do they think the rewards are for the hero?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 9, 2002
DVD release date:May 13, 2003
Cast:Eve, Samuel L. Jackson, Vin Diesel
Director:Rob Cohen
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Action/Adventure
Run time:124 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:violence, language, drug use, and sexual situations

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  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 12 years old March 28, 2012
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Hmmm...

PG material. Shouldn't be a 12.
Teen, 17 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
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worth what you payed for it

Teen, 17 years old Written bycalfan April 9, 2008
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great movie

definitely worth the money Funny plus amazing special effects The snowboarding scene was amazing. Also the movie was very creative and imaginative

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