Phenomenon

1996 PG 2h 3m DVD

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Phenomenon

1996 PG 2h 3m DVD
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Humble mechanic George Malley is celebrating his birthday at a local pub when he observes a bright light outside. Knocked unconscious, he awakens with incredible intellectual powers that soon draw the attention of curious scientists and the FBI.
Format
DVD Streaming
Screen
Widescreen 2.35:1
Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral)
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
CC
No
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
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  • Kyra Sedgwick
  • Jeffrey DeMunn
  • Brent Spiner
  • Richard Kiley
  • David Gallagher
  • Tony Genaro
  • Sean O'Bryan
  • Michael Milhoan
  • Troy Evans
  • Bruce A. Young
  • Vyto Ruginis
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Reviews

age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that there are a few scattered swear words in this generally gentle drama about a very average, nice American guy endowed with mental superpowers. Overall this movie is more a romantic tearjerker than the science-fiction action/mind-blower some fans -- restless kids especially -- might expect. There is an upsetting death of a main character (off screen).

Sexual Content

A mild suggestion that George and his girlfriend have slept together.

Violence

An earthquake, and some thrown glasses in a bar argument.

Language

Some. "S--t," "hell" a few times, "goddamn," and "freakin.'"

Social Behavior

George argues the merits of basic decency and just being a real nice guy, even with his I.Q. soaring. His close down-home buddies are similarly depicted in rosy, salt-of-the-earth terms, though some of them grow to resent and fear George's transformation. Doctors and scholars are depicted as arrogant and untrustworthy.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social drinking, beers in the bar, talk of drunkeness (it comes across as a hallmark of being a "regular guy"). A character is slipped a sleeping drug unknowingly.

  • 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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