Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that, like the animated series it's based on, this made-for-TV movie features a hefty amount of violence -- which, in live-action form, could be even more upsetting to young viewers. Frequent clashes between good and evil characters include hand-to-hand fighting, gun use (there's no blood, but some aliens drop out of sight when they're shot), and superpowers like wielding fireballs and draining the life from people (the act isn't shown, but a corpse-like victim is). A ruthless villain briefly overtakes the hero's body to regain his own strength, causing the boy (who looks like a man) to turn against his cousin. It's worth noting that there's a full line of tie-in toys and games in stores, so young fans may start asking for them after tuning in.
Violence is prevalent and is the only method of resolving conflict between enemies. The boy hero's super powers change based on the various alien forms he takes, so -- depending on his appearance -- he can punch, kick, and throw his adversaries, as well as hurl weapons like balls of fire. A group uses high-tech guns against evil aliens, and, in one scene, a dying man resembling a corpse comes back to life long enough to warn Ben that his life is in danger.
One quick use of "hell."
Violence is the only means used to resolve conflict, and Ben withstands lots of bullying and mocking from his mean-spirited tween classmates. But there's a strong sense of camaraderie between him and his cousin and grandfather, who are always there to watch his back when he's fighting the bad guys.
No overt advertising, but the movie (and the animated series it's based on) come complete with a line of toys and games for kids.
Drugs / Tobacco /