xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Movie Poster Image
Dumb story, outrageous stunts, objectified women.
  • PG-13
  • 2017
  • 107 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No real messages other than "don't try this at home."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters save the free world as we know it, but they're also reckless, cocky, lucky, not very smart, and cause endless amounts of damage and death with no consequences or repercussions.

Violence

Heavy action violence, with lots of shooting and fighting but little blood. Bad guys die off screen. Martial arts. Outrageous stunts. Car crashes. Motorcycle chase. Explosions. Characters hit by cars.

Sex

Xander kisses a woman in bed; clothes seem to be off, but nothing sensitive is shown. Xander later kisses someone else; he's also shown leaving a room full of sleeping, scantily clad women (it's presumed that he has had sex). Many, many women wearing skimpy clothing are treated in a very objectified way (even the camera looks them up and down). Innuendo.

Language

Fairly regular use of strong language, including one "f--k," several "s--t"s, plus "bastard," "a--hole," "bitch," "son of a bitch," "damn," "pr--k," "goddamn," "hell," and a middle-finger gesture.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking in nightclubs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that xXx: Return of Xander Cage is the third movie in the XXX series, following XXX (2002) and XXX: State of the Union (2005) -- and it's just as mindlessly outrageous as the first two. Expect tons of fighting, martial arts, shooting, chases, explosions, and over-the-top stunts. Little blood is shown, but bad guys are killed with no repercussions. Main character Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) kisses two women and possibly sleeps with at least one (his sexual prowess is hinted at). Most women are scantily clad and completely objectified, with even the camera looking them up and down. There's some innuendo and pretty regular use of strong language, including "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," and one "f--k." There's some social drinking, but the smoking from the original XXX isn't an issue this time.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byMiley O. January 20, 2017

Great

My sister children loved it they were laughing so much
Kid, 10 years old January 26, 2017

Loved this film though it wasn't entirely appropriate for my age group!

Vin Diesel and Chinese martial arts actor Donnie Yen star in this action adventure movie, the third of the Triple X movies. Moving around cool locations like De... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byOwen007 March 13, 2017

Just go for Donnie Yen and the action

The action in this movie is amazing with crazy stunts and chases. Vin Diseal plays the same character in xxx and fast and furious. Donnie Yen does good acting.... Continue reading

What's the story?

In XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE, the XXX division of the NSA has been growing for the last decade-plus, with Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) continuing to recruit new agents. While he's talking to a one (soccer star Neymar Jr.), a satellite crashes and explodes nearby, with disastrous consequences. And a mysterious squad (Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Michael Bisping, and Tony Jaa) steals the device, called "Pandora's Box," that controlled the satellite. Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) comes out of retirement to avenge Gibbons and retrieve Pandora's Box. He assembles his own team (Ruby Rose, Kris Wu, and Rory McCann) and discovers that the "thieves" are actually members of XXX. So they all team up to stop the real bad guy, who hopes to re-purpose the evil technology to spy on everyday citizens. But to survive the final battle, the team will need a little more help...

Is it any good?

Like its predecessors, this action sequel is heavy on stunts, noise, fights, shoot-outs, and the objectification of women -- but very light in the areas of writing or intelligence. In other words, not much has changed since XXX (2002) or XXX: State of the Union (2005) -- the latter of which starred Ice Cube rather than Diesel -- and it's pretty much business as usual in xXx: State of the Union. (Perhaps the goal is to jump-start it into a franchise as lucrative as the Fast & Furious one has been?)

The stunts in xXx: Return of Xander Cage are outrageous -- including a jump from a tall tower, skiing through the jungle, surfing on a motorcycle, and weightless fighting in a nose-diving plane -- and, yes, worth seeing. But it gets tiresome listening to all the characters trying to out-cool each other, watching the camera wander up and down the bodies of every pretty woman on screen, and listening to loud, throbbing music every two minutes. The screenplay by F. Scott Frazier doesn't even try.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about xXx: Return of Xander Cage's violence. Does the fact that it's relatively bloodless affect its impact? Why or why not?

  • Does the movie objectify women? Would you say any of the female characters are there for any reason besides their looks? What issues does that raise related to body image?

  • Do you agree or disagree with Xander's assertion that there are no more patriots, only tyrants and rebels?

  • Are any of the characters here role models? Why or why not?

Movie details

For kids who love action

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