Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: -1

Based on the Marvel comic books and TV cartoons, the super heroes known as X-men come to life in this action adventure film. Gifted by genetic mutations with special powers, these mutants fall into two camps. Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), a powerful telepath, heads a private school for gifted young men and women who fall outside society norms. He also trains them to use their special powers to help and protect normal humans. A few become the team known as X-men. Cyclops (James Marsden) emits laser-like blasts from his eyes; Storm (Halle Berry) controls weather elements like wind and lightning; Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) moves things with her mind. Erik Lensherr (Ian McKellan), a survivor of the Holocaust, is also the powerful mutant, Magneto, who controls anything metal. He sees normal humans as a threat that should be controlled or destroyed because they fear mutant powers. Hes joined by Mystique (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos), a woman who transforms to any identity; Sabretooth (Tyler Mane) whose size and strength are prehistoric; and Toad (Ray Park) whose jumping and tongue mimic his namesake. The X-men are joined by Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), a loner with metal-laced bones and deadly metal claws that emerge for battle. Rogue (Anna Paquin), whose touch transfers life force and mutant powers to herself, becomes a pawn in Magnetos plan to force world-wide acceptance of mutants. Only the purist fans of the Marvel characters and sci-fi adventure will complain about this action-packed adaptation.

Hints of communist-seeking McCarthyism and civil rights trigger Magnetos attacks as a senator campaigns to register mutants and segregate them from normal humans. Once friends, he and Professor X, share the same concerns but see different approaches. While Professor X favors education and helping humans, Magneto believes power and control are needed. Reference is made in the beginning to genetic mutations as evolutionary jumps. But Magneto asks the senator if hes a God-fearing man and states that God is a teacher who should not be feared. As might be expected, violence is often severe as the mutants exercise their powers against one another along with property destruction. Magneto and crew also threaten and kill some humans. Reflecting his loner attitude, Wolverine uses a few obscenities and several crudities are heard. Although mostly fantasy, the excessive violence and obscenities detract from X-MEN.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Distributor: 20th Century Fox, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

Crude Language: Several (7) times - Mild 6, moderate 1
Obscene Language: Few (4) times - S-word 1, other 2, finger gesture 1
Profanity: None
Violence: Many times - Moderate and severe (boy hit with rifle stock, punches, kicks, knife threat, gun threat, people thrown through glass/ walls/ display cases, needle injection, lightning strikes characters, people stabbed by blades, dream images of surgery, bloody wounds, mans body turns to water, dead bodies, mans back broken, near suffocation, hit w/ laser beams)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None; Near nudity - Several times (female character covered in blue scales, low cut blouses few times)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Few times (teen couple kiss, man implies attraction to woman)
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Scenes of Polish concentration camp, child separated from parents, references to evolutionary changes, man refers to God as teacher not to be feared, McCarthy-type senator, Professor hopes for better future
Running Time: 105 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and older; Marvel comics fans

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