Men in Black

1997 PG-13 1h 38m Blu-ray / DVD

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Men in Black

1997 PG-13 1h 38m Blu-ray / DVD
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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.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Dutch, English, French, Indonesian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish (Neutral), Thai
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1, Thai: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
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 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
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Reviews

age 12+

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.

Violence

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.

Language

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.

Consumerism

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 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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