MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2

Content: +2

Thunderbirds is a sci-fi action movie of the popular 1960s British television program by the same name. In 2010, Jeff Tracy (Bill Paxton) is a billionaire, widower and former astronaut buys an uncharted island and builds a secret base from which he and his five sons work to help those in need whenever disaster strikes. Tracys youngest son, Alan (Brady Corbet), is the only one not yet old enough to be part of the International Rescue organization. He eagerly desires to show his family that he is grown up and ready to join the Thunderbirds. His best friends Fermat (Soren Fulton) and Tin Tin (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) face evil criminal The Hood (Ben Kingsley) as he seeks to take over the secret island and destroy the Thunderbirds. British Secret Agent Lady Penelope (Sophia Myles) and her able chauffer Parker (Ron Cook) join in the battle between good and evil, and provide Thunderbirds with some much-needed levity.

Alan and his friends are good kids that have been raised to do right, but Alan overreacts in anger when he is punished or is told that he cannot do something. When Alan is assigned a 10,000-word essay for daydreaming in school, he tells his friend that the teacher can take the assignment and stick it up her (-ss implied). When his father tells him that he is too young to be a Thunderbird, he tries to prove his dad wrong by attempting to fly one of the spaceships. Alan and Tin Tin are mildly attracted to one another as they begin to realize that they are growing up, and she notices that he is becoming a young man. Inappropriate language and sexual content in this film is rather mild and ultimately uneventful. Even the scary moments in the film are drastically downplayed and could have been much more intense, but Preview encourages you to read the detailed summary before seeing Thunderbirds.

Preview Reviewer: Brian Hughes

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few (2) times mild (damn 2)

Obscene Language: Few (2) times mild (turd 1); other (boy tells his friend that the teacher can take her 10,000 word essay and stick it up her with the -ss not used but implied; what the was used, and heck or hell could be implied)

Profanity: Once (1) mild (what the devil is going on )

Violence: Many times mild (hand-to-hand combat, people chased by fire, man breaks another mans nose, people on the space station are left to suffocate and burn up in Earths atmosphere); moderate (kick to the groin, a rocket is used to destroy a space station, mental telepathy is used to throw people across the room and do things against their will, boy is hanging from a balcony with machinery below ready to chew him up)

Sex: None

Nudity: Few times mild (woman is in a bathtub filled with bubbles talks to her chauffer who is also in the room, boys have their shirts open, two boys stand in their boxer underwear and a couple people say that one of the boys has nice drawers); moderate (a womans and a girls nipples can be seen through their clothing at times)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few (3) times mild (two comments made by preteen boys about how a girl is beginning to blossom); moderate (woman straddles a mans lap and desires to kiss him, but she is interrupted the man is not interested in her advances)

Drugs: None

Other: Two individuals have mental powers that allow them to telepathically move objects and control other peoples minds (one does it for evil, and one does it for good). Their eyes glow change when they are performing these supernatural abilities. A character is in danger of being fatally stung by a scorpion that is on his shoulder.

Running Time: 87 minutes
Intended Audience: Children ages 914 and adults

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