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Fantastic Four

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy

Astronauts. Superheroes. Celebrities. To the world, they are the Fantastic Four. To each other, they are a family.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 11
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Campy but often violent comic book movie.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the film includes loud and explosive violence. The astronauts' encounter with the radioactive cloud is rendered in frightening, fiery images, and the Thing's transformation from human to rock is potentially alarming. Fights between the superheroes and archenemy Dr. Doom show bodies slammed into or through walls and thrown out windows; the Human Torch engages in extreme sports (snowboarding and motocross) and implied sexual activity (following one encounter, he appears wearing only a girl's pink parka to cover his genitals), Susan wears cleavage-revealing outfits, and someone remarks on one superhero's elongated body parts. The film also includes a couple of multi-car crashes occur, several injuries that draw blood, and a scene where the police shoot at the Thing (bullets bounce off him).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how superpowers change the characters' lives, as they must decide how to use them, for public good, for personal gain, or to settle personal grudges. How are anxieties, competitions, and quarrels exacerbated by these changes? How is Susan's situation different from the men's, as she feels the need to mediate their arguments? What is the emotional effect when the Thing's wife abandons him? How do the four friends learn to appreciate their differences as well as their similar situations, as "freaks," celebrities, and heroes?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 22
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The writers are] so busy setting up the premise that they barely get around to exploiting it.

- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Friday, July 8, 2005

Rotten: An overinflated B-movie with no grace, no subtext, no wit, and featuring beefcake/cheesecake actors who look like they've been plucked from the soaps.

- David Edelstein, Slate, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Fantastic it ain't, but not bad it sort of is.

- Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star, Friday, July 8, 2005

Audience Reviews

3 stars

As far as super hero flicks go this was good stuff and fun to watch. I was surprised and Jessica Alba won me over for her hot points :)

- jmanard52, Saturday, May 19, 2007

2 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

2 stars

The "super power" thingy is getting old.

- 3niR, Sunday, May 23, 2010