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Men in Black

action & adventure, children & family, comedy, sci-fi & fantasy

TOMMY LEE JONES and WILL SMITH team up as hip intergalactic agents assigned to investigate aliens on earth. With LINDA FIORENTINO.

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common sense

ON for kids age 12
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
0 out of 5
4 out of 5

Lots of fun, but too scary for some kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that comic mayhem and gross-out creatures from other planets define Men in Black. Scary creatures and life-threatening situations are frequent. The film, however, is as clever as it is exaggerated; some of the most destructive violence is implied, happening just off-camera. Still, young or sensitive kids who can't readily distinguish fantasy from reality may be disturbed by the barrage of exploding insects, grotesque morphing from human to alien life form, and cartoon violence (characters blow up, are vaporized, stabbed, shot with ray guns, and more). There's plenty of swearing ("damn," "goddamn," "bastard," "hell," "s--t") and a few insults, including "d--k" and "pr--k").

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Men in Black's over-the-top weapons and violence. Does any of it seem real? Why or why not?
  • Families can also discuss aliens. Do you think that there are other intelligent creatures out there?
  • Can you see why Men in Black spawned the sequels Men in Black II and Men in Black III? Would you like the series to continue?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Its attitude is poised somewhere between the deadpan ghoulishness of the Coen brothers and a Letterman-like sense of the absurdity of life in New York's rich ethnic stew.

- Dave Kehr, New York Daily News, Friday, August 2, 2013

Fresh: The smartest, funniest, and best-looking sci-fi comedy since the movies learned to morph.

- David Edelstein, Slate, Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Fresh: It's so much fun, in fact, that it's almost over before you realise that you've been watching a great idea for a movie in desperate search of a plot.

- Derek Adams, Time Out, Thursday, February 9, 2006

Audience Reviews

3 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

3 stars

Man this was damn disgusting. But it was good.

- 3niR, Tuesday, May 25, 2010

2 stars

I can't stand Will Smith, Fiorentino is hot. Aside from that the movie is actually funny for the most part.

- DragonEyeMorrison, Saturday, May 22, 2010