Bullies, beware. A group of teenage outcasts uses a top-secret invention to get back at their tormentors in this sci-fi family film. After a scary run-in with an evil genius, Drew and his unpopular friends find themselves in possession of the man's superpower suit. They name their team P.U.N.K.S. and set out to teach the bad guys of the schoolyard a lesson or two. Randy Quaid, Henry Winkler, Cathy Moriarty and Tim Redwine star.
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Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that P.U.N.K.S. is a predictable "kids-face-bullies" offering with continuous cartoon violence: stun guns, electric shocks, brawling, chases, falls, threats, and gunshots. No one is severely injured or killed, though in one key scene the young hero's father is really badly beaten. Scientists are shown experimenting on sedated prisoners and other unwilling subjects. Mild insults are plentiful, but there's no swearing. Product placement is nonstop. Though scientific advancement is at the core of the story, any relationship to real science or technological information is absolutely accidental.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable.
- Cartoon action and comic violence throughout. Characters are punched, stunned, and shocked by an electric force, intimidated, shot at, chased, and thrown to the ground. Exaggerated fights include wrestling, choke holds, and an out-of-control strongman wreaking havoc in a lab. One scene contains a real fight with the hero's father badly beaten. Another finds a young boy on a bicycle careening through freeway traffic.
- No swearing, but insults are heard occasionally ("nerd," "dumb"). A character grabs his crotch.
- Social Behavior
- Stand up to bullies, both as kids and as adults. Loyalty, courage, and teamwork lead to success. The dangers of experimenting on prisoners or unwilling participants is dealt with comically.
- Products identified: Snyder's Pretzels, Cap'n Crunch, Gold's Gym, Uinsureco, Pennzoil, AT&T, X-Men, Scout automobile, GIRO helmet, Le Coq Sportif, and King Putt Golf.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- A woman smokes in a bar. The young heroes pretend to be adults and go into a bar. No alcohol is consumed.
- 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