Saturday, June 27, 2009

Movie Review: Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

***Warning Parents***
This is NOT a kid/family friendly movie!

I was very disappointed... I don't remember the Transformers being so vulgar (Go-Bots, sure... but not the Transformers). Maybe it was a cheap attempt by Michael Bay to "push the envelope" of family entertainment (emphasis on CHEAP).

It's "PG-13" rating is completely inappropriate. I wouldn't even take anyone over the age of 18 to see this film, let alone a teen or child. But as usual, despite the rating, the theatre was jamb packed with impressionable young minds ranging from 1 year to 13 years of age. I have a real problem with a parent who can sit next to their child, and act like nothing is wrong, while garbage like that is put up on the screen... but that is a blog for another day.

Anyways, back to the topic at hand... I invited a friend from church, who is about ten years my senior, and I found myself embarrassed at the fact that I was the one who suggested this movie. It was given it's "PG-13" because of (and I quote) "Intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language, some crude and sexual material, and brief drug material."

-Let's break that down so that we can all understand why the movie earned its "PG-13" rating:

- Intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence - obviously this refers to the robots tearing each other to tiny pieces, car crashes, explosions, etc... all the great stuff that keeps us guys coming back for more. There were also several battle scenes that included the occasional human being blown up or thrown through the air... it wasn't "Hamburger Hill" but still a little disturbing.

- Language - Humans and robots alike used every word imaginable, except the "F" word (which still may not have been enough to earn it an "R" rating). And because one of the human characters was scared during a battle, he was referred to, by a Transformer, as a derogatory word for a female body part!

- Some crude and sexual material - When they say "Some" crude and sexual material, apparently this includes (but is not limited to):

  • not one but two scenes of dogs having sex
  • constant references to male genitalia
  • a large Transformer made up of construction equipment that included two wrecking balls (which of course were strategically placed when he was in robot form)
  • an "up-skirt" shot of a college girl trying to seduce Shia LaBeouf
  • and a small Transformer "humping" the leg of Megan Fox
  • and lest we forget, the ALWAYS scantily clad Megan Fox... who's opening scene included a butt shot of her in "daisy duke shorts," straddling a motorcycle while painting a naked devil lady on the gas tank

- Brief drug material - actress Julie White (who plays Shia LaBeouf's mom) stumbles across some "special brownies" while dropping her child of at his new dorm room. This leads to a wacky scene of a strung out woman roaming a college campus while yelling sexual innuendos at anyone within ear shot! Silly Mom!

You really have to wonder if the people who's job it is to place the ratings on movies become themselves desensitized to it and miss most of what would normally offend a somewhat decent human being.

I am glad I found a cheap theatre for this one. I only had to spend $ 4 for all the explosions and action a guy could handle... but I found myself unable to enjoy it due to all the vulgarity and sex.

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