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The Incredibles | 2004 | PG | - 2.4.1

Animated film about a family of superheroes that does its best to remain anonymous after people begin suing them for inadvertent injuries they received during rescues. The father superhero cannot accept his mundane middle-class life and jumps at the opportunity to again use his superpowers by working secretly for a private company. What he doesn't know is that he's being pulled into a scheme that threatens destruction and devastation at the tentacles of a super robot. With the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L Jackson, Jason Lee and Elizabeth Peña. Directed by Brad Bird. [1:55]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A married couple (a man and a woman superheroes) kiss in several scenes, they pinch each other on the derriere once, and the woman pulls the man back into their house by the tie for another kiss (or more) in one scene. Two superheroes (a man and a woman) flirt in a few scenes. A teenage girl has a crush on a teenage boy. A woman superhero fears that her husband (a superhero too) is being unfaithful. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. Teenaged girls wear tight-fitting tops and short skirts that reveal cleavage and bare legs. A man and a woman hug.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Several rockets chase an airplane, the pilot swerves and spins and dodges them, while two passengers are thrown around the cabin; the rockets hit the plane and the three (a woman, a boy and a girl superheroes) are thrown into the air screaming, the woman expands into a parachute and holds the boy and girl as they descend into the water below, and finally a large part of the plane comes down into the water near them. A man kidnaps a baby, flies into the air toward a plane, the baby cries, then bursts into flames, then into a red demonic creature with many sharp teeth; he crawls on the man, and the man drops the baby; the baby is caught in mid-air, a car is thrown toward the plane, and a man is sucked into the jet engine of the plane, the plane explodes, and it comes down toward the ground where four superheroes stand under a protective force-field. A robot throws things through the air threatening people, the robot shoots at people, and one is hit in the arm. Two superheroes hold several unconscious people who were trapped in a burning building, they run, crash through a brick wall and land on the floor, whereupon they are held at gunpoint by a police officer; one of the superheroes shoots a stream of ice at the police officer who tries to fire his gun at them. A man (superhero) grabs a man and throws him through several walls (we see the man in a hospital, covered in bandages). A man holds a gun on a superhero, another superhero punches the man in the face knocking him out, and the two superheroes argue, teasing each other. A man jumps from the roof of a tall building, a superhero jumps through the air, grabs the man, crashes through a glass window and they land on the floor (the man complains of being injured). One sequence shows a number of superheroes being pulled to their death because their capes became entangled in something or other (one is pulled into a jet engine, one is caught on a rocket that shoots into the air, etc.). A superhero holds a man who's strapped with bombs off the floor, the man throws one of his bombs that sticks to a boy, and the boy jumps out a window and flies (with jet propelled shoes); the superhero jumps and hangs onto the boy's leg, he grabs the bomb off the boy, it then falls onto train tracks, and it explodes as the train approaches, while the superhero is hit hard by the train but keeps it from falling off the track. A superhero is launched in a pod out of a plane and toward an island below, a robot lunges at him with large metallic tentacles and claws, the robot picks him up and tosses him into a tree, and slashes his arm (we see a streak of blood). A robot with large metallic tentacles and claws turns into a large sphere, it rolls toward a superhero as he runs, he is shoved toward a ledge over lava, and he throws the robot into the lava but it gets out, grabs the superhero, holds him in two clamps, and stretches him; the superhero gets inside the robot, and the robot begins hitting itself until it destroys its own mechanisms and falls over motionless. A robot comes down toward a boy and girl superhero and nearly crushes them -- the boy runs and the robot shoots at him and one of the robot's arms is knocked off; a man then hurls the arm as a missile which goes through the robot, causing it to explode and fall to the ground motionless. A robot rolls through a city and causes damage by crashing into buildings. A helicopter explodes and crashes to the ground. A superhero jumps onto the car of a monorail, throws two men off (one over a cliff), he picks up the car and throws it some distance where it lands on two other men (we see them motionless), and he throws a coconut that hits another on the head and knocks him out. A man is beaten and kicked and mugged in an alley. A girl superhero hits a guard with a stick, he kicks and shoots at her, a boy superhero beats him up, the guard shoots at the two superheroes, and the girl puts up a forcefield and they roll away. A superhero is thrown around and against rock walls by a robot with large metallic claws, a man surrounds him in a forcefield, picks him up and throws him through the air; the superhero jumps off a ledge into water far below, and the man throws a bomb in the water that explodes and the force sends the superhero into a cave where he finds the skeletal remains of another superhero. A man in a car shoots at a police car chasing him, a superhero in a car speeds to find them. A superhero in a car nearly hits an elderly woman crossing a street, he gets out of his car, pulls a tree out of the ground, shakes it to get her cat out of the tree, and slams the tree across the roadway to stop a car being chased by police -- the car crashes into the tree and the driver slumps out the window. Flames from a rocket blast shoot through a tunnel toward two superheroes, they run, and they are chased by guards. A superhero drives a van frantically through streets hitting many other cars and eventually flipping it over. A boy superhero runs very fast, he runs through a swarm of bugs (he gets goo on his face), he swings from a vine, lands on a flying vessel, punches a guard in the face repeatedly, and he is then punched, falls off and lands on the ground, but he continues to run while being shot at by two other flying guards. Two flying vessels crash together, and explode. A superhero is caught in automatic doors: first her leg is caught, she stretches to retrieve a pass card, then her middle section is squeezed in another set of doors, but she manages to punch two guards, and kick another guard who shoots his gun hitting two other guards. Two superheroes are held at gunpoint. A superhero holds a woman by the throat, and another superhero punches the woman in the face. A superhero stretches herself across a flying vehicle while holding a van below it. A superhero dangles from a moving monorail car, and she jumps off in a tunnel where she is nearly hit by another car. A superhero is shot with sticky globs that expand to cover him completely; we then see him hanging by ankle and wrist restraints. A superhero grabs a woman and threatens to crush her. We see a series of photographs of superheroes with the caption "terminated" under each one. A woman demonstrates indestructible superhero costumes and we see them being shot at, torched, stretched and shot with rockets (one costume is for an infant and we see it burst into flames). A boy and a girl (superhero siblings) argue, she points a fork at him, she jumps across a table at him, she tackles him to the floor, their mother (also a superhero) grabs them both and they continue to fight under the table, stretching their mother's arms. A boy is thrown out of a car by an ejector seat. A woman hits a woman on the head with a rolled up newspaper. A superhero jumps off the roof of a building and bounds across rooftops. A man sits on a tack, jumps up and yells. A man and a woman argue (they are a superhero couple). A man yells at a boy (it's teacher to student). A man yells at another man (it's boss to employee). A man slams a car door breaking the window, he picks the car up over his head and acts as if he might throw it away in anger.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 1 exclamation, 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Superheroes, lawsuits, fighting crime, anonymity, revenge, insurance business, mediocrity, trust, love, respect, adventure, family, doubt, bureaucracy, fitting in, world domination.

MESSAGE - Fighting crime can be a lonely business, unless it's a family business..

(Note: A short entitled "Boundin'" plays before the feature and it contains a scene where a sheep is grabbed by the hoof, yanked off-screen and sheered, prairie dogs tease him for being bald and pink, the sheep is sad and lonely until a "jackalope" comes along and convinces him that it doesn't matter what we look like on the outside, we always have something special to share.)

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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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