Adventures of Power

2008 PG-13 1h 29m DVD

Adventures of Power

2008 PG-13 1h 29m DVD
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Against his old man's (Michael McKean) wishes, a hopelessly dorky guy named Power (Ari Gold) up and jets out of his dingy hometown of Lode, N.M., to follow through on his ambition to become the greatest air drummer the world has ever witnessed. Power soon sets his sights on meeting Rush drummer Neil Peart in this comedy Gold also wrote and directed. Jane Lynch, Jimmy Jean-Louis and Adrian Grenier co-star.
Ari Gold, Michael McKean, Jane Lynch, Shoshannah Stern, Adrian Grenier, Chiu Chi-ling
Ari Gold
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this tedious Napoleon Dynamite wannabe has some comedic violence (including beatings and martial arts), some kissing and suggestive talk, and a bit of strong language (including words like "p---y" and "ass"). There are also some fairly broad ethnic caricatures that border on stereotypes. The movie is ostensibly about following your dreams, but the positive message doesn't come through very well thanks to the main character's clueless self-absorption.

Sexual Content

A preteen boy asks someone when the last time was that he "sucked down some hussy spit." A passing man asks of a woman honking her horn, "I know the horn blows, but does the driver? Some kissing.


Some comedic scuffling; police use truncheons when interrupting an illegal "air drumming" competition; strike-breaking thugs beat union members. A cook uses apron-based marital arts. A man is beaten by muggers.


Some strong language, including "p---y," "gay," "ass," and "piss." "Tonto" is used to describe a Native American; an Indian character is called "Jihad." "Retarded" is used as an insult.

Social Behavior

The movie thinks it has a positive message about believing in your dreams, but it's ultimately more of a message that viewers are supposed to love its lame, awkward lead character. The film also depicts a labor-vs.-management showdown, in which the lead character's air drumming dreams inspire the strikers to bet back on the line -- but it plays more like a bitter joke than a sweet moment.


Only one brand, eBay, is mentioned by name.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Of-age characters drink beer and hard liquor (underage characters are seen in a bar, but they only drink soda); background characters smoke cigarettes.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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