Megamind [2010] [PG] - 2.4.3

 
 

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In a parody of superhero films, a hapless blue-skinned alien (with the voice of Will Ferrell) is in competition with a human-looking superhero (with the voice of Brad Pitt). Shot into space from dying worlds as infants, they land on Earth and are treated very differently: One is practically worshipped, while the other is rejected and applies his intellect to evil, but can accomplish nothing until an accident puts him in control of a city. Also with the voices of David Cross, Jonah Hill, Tina Fey and Ben Stiller. Directed by Tom McGrath. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Twice a woman kisses one of two men briefly (one in each scene) and in another she holds hands with one of them while lying side-by-side on a picnic blanket in a park.
 An animated woman wears tight clothing that accentuates a large bosom and wide hips and thighs, and wears one low neckline that reveals a shadow of cleavage. We see a pair of men's underwear hanging on a clothesline.
 A man tells a woman that her tousled hair is exciting. A woman tells a man that she was never dating a man, but that everyone thought she was. We hear that an extraterrestrial has kidnapped a woman so many times that he is serving 85 consecutive life prison sentences. Five characters discuss being in love with a woman, an extraterrestrial denies his love to his fish sidekick, who calls him a liar and an awkward cameraman tells her he is in love with her and she backs away with wide eyes, saying she is not interested.
 An extraterrestrial smiles at a woman and calls her "Temptress." We see an extraterrestrial watching a woman on TV and he smiles suggesting that he is in love with her. An older man tells a younger man about women: "All you have to do is save her and she's yours."
 A man in love with a woman stalks her after being turned into a superhero, threatens to kill her and an alien man whom he thinks she is romantically interested in. A woman confronts an extraterrestrial, telling him he cannot think she would ever be with him and he turns away sadly. A woman realizes that an extraterrestrial is in love with her, she becomes scared, her eyes grow wide and she runs away.
 An alien fish in the head of a fat, hairy robot body puts on a wig and an apron that says "Kiss the Cook" and announces he's a space stepmother.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A super-villain has a woman chloroformed and kidnapped: he ties her to a chair, lowers spinning wheels from the ceiling toward her (they contain by turns a chainsaw blade, spiked boots, sharp blades and a flamethrower), he opens a sliding floor to show snapping alligators that we see twice, a spider lowers on a strand of webbing, the villain says it's deadly, the woman blows it into his eye and he screams.
 Several scenes depict a superhero and a super-villain fighting with punches, kicks, flips, and grunts: the hero threatens the villain, who says, "Oooh, I'm shaking in my custom baby seal leather boots!" and shoots a flashing ray gun, but misses and pavement, sidewalks, and buildings suffer damage (no one is hurt). A superhero and a super-villain fight in the streets of a city, demolishing pavement, cars, and buildings in clouds of smoke and flame; no one gets hurt but one of them burns things with his heat vision, including a car and there are several explosions. A super-villain operates a giant robot and stomps through a city after a superhero: the superhero breaks the robot face shield, grabs the villain, beats him and throws him against a wall, pulls up a skyscraper and launches it toward the villain and into the theater audience, and he kicks an empty city bus toward a woman that ducks out of the way.
 An alien creates a superhero out of a man by bioengineering a bullet from DNA and shooting the bullet up the man's nostril (it makes his nose swell and become red, he puts toilet tissue into the nostril, and we see a small spot of blood).
 A superhero kidnaps a woman, flies in the air with her, drops her 4 times and catches her to save her; she screams at him to let her go, he threatens to kill her, ties her to a radio tower on top of a skyscraper, and threatens to kill the man he thinks she is romantically interested in.
 An alien switches his appearance back and forth between his own and a museum expert while partially hidden behind a door, and thus giving the impression that a fight is taking place.
 An alien and a fish break into a man's apartment; the fish hits the man with a nightstick and the screen goes black. A fish in a robot body prepares laundry and finds a man in his washing machine, and hits the man with a stick and the screen goes black.
 An observatory explodes in white clouds of smoke on a hillside and rocks fall into a river at its base. A museum explodes in smoke and fire and debris fall to the sidewalk. We see a fire truck stuck in a wall high above the ground. During a planet-quake with falling debris we see a capsule containing a baby shoot into space: it bounces off another capsule containing another baby and lands in a prison yard on Earth. A woman grabs a pack of TNT sticks, lights it and throws it at a group of flying robots; the camera pans to the sidewalk, and we hear an explosion off screen. Several people's faces are covered with soot after an explosion.
 Prison guards use a stun gun on an alien routinely and we see electric arcs as he falls to the ground. An alien goes to City Hall to find 3 rows of armed police officers pointing handguns and rifles at him (the open barrel of one handgun points out into the audience and police cruisers' lights flash). An alien uses a ray gun to break a lock on a door and we see electric arcs.
 A woman yells at a superhero she thought was dead, but was only hiding, and throws a lamp and small furniture pieces at him in his apartment (stuff breaks over his chest and face without injuring him). We see a newly created superhero with flaming red eyes; he beats up a practice dummy, knocks over shelves, breaks things, falls a lot, and demonstrates that bullets bounce off his chest, he can burn papers with his heat vision, and can jump over flaming oil barrels as they roll toward him.
 A woman drives a van and slams on the brakes suddenly, throwing her male passenger's head into the windshield; he shouts but is unhurt. A man punches a van in frustration at being rejected for a date and screams when he hurts his hand (no blood is seen). A dodge ball breaks a window, flies out a door, and hits a man in the head (he is unharmed).
 A superhero juggles 3 babies in the air as he flies, tossing one out into the theater audience, and it returns to sit in a stroller. An alien and a fish have pillow fights with bags of money and currency flies through the air.
 A fish in a robot body lies on a street after a battle; he coughs and sputters and pretends to die but is revived. An army of small flying octopus-like Cyclops robots lives in a laboratory; some of them are covered in peeling red paint that resembles blood. An octopus-like robot bites an alien on the hand and the alien screams as a woman laughs at him (we see no blood).
 A super-villain appears on a Jumbotron screen, attempting to scare the people of a city, and he appears as a huge hologram from a ship in the sky. A super-villain flies an airborne motorcycle around a tower and rescues a woman that's tied there.
 An alien child in a school often stands in a corner for punishment. An alien repeatedly kidnaps a woman and accumulates 85, and then 88 life sentences in prison.
 Several scenes feature loud arguments: In one argument between a woman and a man, the man changes into another person 4 times in a restaurant setting while people yell and a baby cries at him; in another scene, a fish turns into another person twice, and in another, a fish and an alien fight over car keys and knock each other down.
 A man shouts that a woman viciously ripped his heart from his chest (figuratively speaking). A superhero tosses a cape-clad skeleton into the hideout of his opponent and he disappears; a super-villain and a woman scream that the hero is dead. An alien says he has evil plans to shoot the city with an Illiteracy Beam. An alien child is blamed for an incident and is stood in a corner; he mutters, "If I'm bad, I'm going to be the baddest bad boy around!" A man tells a woman that he is late to work because 50 ninjas attacked him and he had to beat them up. A crowd of people tries to hug an alien and he shouts, "Back, you savages!" The film soundtrack includes a few mild suggestions of violence in the lyrics of "Bad to the Bone," "Game Over," "I'm the Bad Guy" and "Highway to Hell."
 An alien wears a series of jumpsuits and capes that sport increasingly taller metal spikes coming out of the shoulders. A fish has large teeth, wears a huge robot body and rides a Segway equipped with large wheel spikes. An alien's laboratory is full of eerie lights and equipment. A young girl wears a cast on her leg from foot to knee and walks with crutches.
 Two scenes show an alien falling from a tall building, but he does not hit the ground. Prisoners raise an alien child in a cell and teach him to respect crime over the law (the prison staff does not seem to notice that he is blue).

PROFANITY 3 - 4 anatomical references, 4 mild obscenities, 4 religious exclamations, name-calling (crazy, idiot, nuts, fool, villain, bad, bad guys, good guys, genius, Buster Brown, Goody Two Shoes, predictable, boyfriend in tights, girls, losers, pill, evil, grownup, liar, monster, drama queen, punk, gross, slave, twerp, living-fantasy, big-headed, irresponsible, unprofessional, bonehead, rude, gangster, hopeless, dump), stereotypical references to heroes, villains, women, stepmothers, gifted children, nerds, intelligence, extraterrestrials, Hindus, handsome men, prisoners, gangsters, musicians, law enforcement and corrections officers, and good and evil. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A chemical bullet is created and accidentally injected into a character who suffers from side effects that include swelling to a huge height, growing lots of muscles and developing a violent temper; later he is given an antidote (injected through the nostril) and he shrinks and passes out on the sidewalk. A woman is sprayed in the face from a spray can of chloroform and she passes out and is taken to a laboratory, an attempt to spray three people with chloroform is unsuccessful, and copper is used as a weapon substance to sap the strength of two superheroes. A waiter pours champagne for a man and a woman who toast and drink and half-filled wine glasses sit on the tables around them.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Diversity, people that are different, intelligence, strength, power, fame, reality vs. fantasy, love, relationships, stalking, violence, consequences, prison, finding one's calling, learning from mistakes, redemption.

MESSAGE - Inside every bad guy is a good guy.

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