Fantastic Four

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: +1

Poised to make a major discovery, Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd) leads a crew of astronauts on a mission to investigate a cosmic storm. But when the storm arrives much earlier and more powerfully than Richards had predicted, the crew is unable to escape exposure to the cosmic radiation. Though at first the radiation seems to have no effect on them, each crew member soon begins to exhibit supernatural powers. Reed gains the power to stretch his body like elastic. Susan Storm (Jessica Alba) can become invisible and generate force fields. Her brother Johnny Storm (Chris Evans) can manipulate and engulf himself in flame. And Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis) becomes a disfigured, yet extremely strong, stonelike creature. Together, they become the Fantastic Four: superheroes who didn?t ask for the job yet learn to use their powers against the evil plans of their former benefactor turned villain, Dr. Victor Von Doom (Julian McMahon).

Based on the classic Marvel comic book, Fantastic Four lacks the energy of the Spiderman movies, spending most of its time telling the story of how the heroes become heroes. In fact, for most of the film, the Fantastic Four are reluctant to be superheroes, accepting the responsibility only at the end. As with any superhero film, Fantastic Four makes clear distinctions between the ?good guys? and the ?bad guy,? making for an upbeat film with a positive message of good versus evil. And since the superheroes start out as normal people, they exhibit normal human failings and go through normal human learning processes. The film does, however, accept an evolutionary worldview expressed in the assumption that superpowers are the product of an accelerated evolutionary process. It also includes some mild sexuality and innuendo, along with some inappropriate language. Still, the content is mild enough that Preview can recommend Fantastic Four.

Preview Reviewer: Shaun Daugherty
20th Century Fox

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 (3) times ? mild (damn 1); strong (-ss 2)

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: Few (4) times ? moderate (G 3); strong (GD 1)

Violence: Many times ? mild (comic-book action with characters struggling with each other); moderate (character destroys a room, characters fight using superpowers, car accidents and dangerous situations in vehicles, motorcycle accident, villain kills a helpless man with his superpower, villain throws a man out of a building, villain shoots at heroes, explosions and carnage caused by fighting)

Sex: None

Nudity: Few times ? mild (Invisible Woman removes all her clothing piece by piece, Invisible Woman accidentally becomes visible while wearing only underwear, woman shown in shower with towel covering her, woman?s cleavage shown)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times ? mild (innuendo referring to the size of a man?s sexual organ, man refers to ?getting girls? as a goal in life, man looks at a woman and says ?Wow,? man invites a woman into a hot tub with him while he is apparently naked)

Drugs: Few times ? mild (a few bar/party scenes with alcohol use)

Other: A few appropriate references to God and ?a god? to convey supernatural powers, use of term ?gods? to convey the same thing, woman refers to God as a female, character with superpowers refers to himself as a god, comic book heroics, reference to evolution and its causes, man?s wife leaves him because he is disfigured

Running Time: 110 minutes
Intended Audience: Youths, adults and comic-book fans

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