Batman and Robin

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3 1/2

Content: -1/2

This fourth installment of the Batman saga continues the crimefighting exploits of Batman (George Clooney) and his daredevil partner Robin (Chris O'Donnell). This time there's a chill on the streets of Gotham because new villain, Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger), is bringing a cold front of crime with him. Also loose on the streets is the plant diva Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman), a vine-entwined beauty who plans world domination for plant life of all kinds. When these two villains strike a partnership, it takes an arsenal of weapons and many fierce battles to bring them down. The dynamic duo's only hope resides in their new-found partner, Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone). The intended teenage audience will find a feast for the eyes as director Joel Schumacher has outdone himself with all-new elaborate sets, outrageous costumes, and fantastic new gadgets such as Robin's new turbo-charged motorbike, the Redbird, and a re-designed Batmobile. BATMAN & ROBIN will surely be a boxoffice smash.

The only moral defect in this film is the villain Poison Ivy. She's a blatantly sensual character who's constantly making innuendoes about genitals, and blowing a dust into the air that causes men to become sexually aroused. She then uses their hormones against them to give them a kiss of death. Her behavior is not condoned, and she pays in the end, but her exploits are still very arousing. Poison Ivy also has a god complex. She makes several biblical references with a mocking tone, but this is never portrayed positively. Of course, there's a lot of violence, and the film is filled with stunt-filled fights between good guys and bad, but none of it is excessive or gory. However, Poison Ivy's eroticism will leave discriminating viewers in the cold.

Preview Reviewer: Jason Shepherd
Warner Bros., 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522

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: Several (5) times - Mild 5

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Many times - Moderate (Many fight scenes with punches and kicks, deadly kisses by female villain, many persons frozen but not fatally)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (references to sex and genitals)

Drugs: Few times (social drinking)

Other: Villain makes biblical references with mocking tone

Running Time: 123 minutes
Intended Audience: 13 and older

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