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Batman Returns | 1992 | PG-13 | - 2.4.2

Michael Keaton reprises his role as the caped crusader. The plot sets The Penguin (Danny DeVito) as an embittered half-human, half-penguin creature out to control Gotham and destroy Batman, with the help of Christopher Walken as a Gotham power broker and Michelle Pfeiffer as a leather-and-whips, man-hating machine dubbed the Catwoman.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - None, though the Penguin gets a bit descriptive about his base desires. Also, that's no barrel the Catwoman is wearing. At one instance the Catwoman licks Batman's face. Keaton and Pfeiffer roll on his couch, kissing passionately, but nothing else happens.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Lots of explosions, people are dropped out of high buildings as a matter of course, there are some razor slashes and shootings, comic book beatings. A severed hand. A charred corpse is quite visible.


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LANGUAGE 2 - A few relatively mild expletives.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - An argument could be made for the value of mental health counselling: All masked characters in the film are presented as emotionally dysfunctional.

MESSAGE - Crime does not pay.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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