Men in Black
In director Barry Sonnenfeld's hip sci-fi romp, a streetwise New York City cop is enlisted to work with a seasoned government agent on a top-secret team that monitors space aliens living on planet Earth, unbeknownst to the general public.
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- Barry Sonnenfeld
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1998 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
- 1998 Academy Award®
- Best Makeup
- Best Art Direction nominee
- Best Music Score nominee
PG-13Language and sci-fi violence
Widescreen 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; region 1 encoding; interactive menus; scene access; enhanced for 16x9 TVs; visual commentary starring director Barry Sonnenfeld and actor Tommy Lee Jones with on-screen diagrams; technical audio commentary with director Barry Sonnenfeld and Rick Baker & Industrial Light & Magic Team; closed captioned. More special features on Men in Black: Bonus Disc.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Dutch, English, French, Indonesian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish (Neutral), ThaiClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1, Thai: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary; trailer; photo gallery; interactive game; extended and alternate scenes; visual effects deconstructions; music video.
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Common Sense Note
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").
- Sexual Content
- Some mild innuendo and flirting between one of the heroes and the very attractive (and sexy) female coroner.
- All cartoon, all the time. Nothing is meant to be taken seriously, but rather to shock and awe the viewer with comic horror and laughter. Heads roll (literally), and there are explosions, crashes, stabbings, shootings, futuristic weapons. The "ewww" factor is high, as insects with massive tentacles capture humans; slimy creatures erupt into blue goo; a giant bug swallows one of the leads and spits him up later; a woman gives birth to a squid; a vacuum-hose is forced down a man's throat; bizarre-looking humans morph into all manner of even more bizarre creatures.
- Frequent swearing and mild profanity: "goddamn," "s--t," "ass," "bastard," hell," "butt," "pissed off." "D--k" and "pr--k" are used as insults.
- Social Behavior
- Good triumphs over evil. Comically engenders a belief that if Earth were invaded by alien life forms, the situation would be controllable.
- Marlboro cigarettes, Gold's Gym, Bloomingdale's, Ford.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- A running joke shows a species of small, slimy, highly literate insects as heavy smokers.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it