Phenomenon

1996 PG 2h 3m DVD

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.
Cast
John Travolta, Forest Whitaker, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey DeMunn, Brent Spiner, Richard Kiley, David Gallagher, Tony Genaro, Sean O'Bryan, Michael Milhoan, Troy Evans, Bruce A. Young, Vyto Ruginis
Director
Jon Turteltaub
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen 2.35:1
Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral)
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
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+
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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