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Thunder Force | 2021 | PG-13 | – 4.6.4

content-ratingsWhy is “Thunder Force” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some action/violence, language and mild suggestive material.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes an implied sex scene between a woman and a man with crab arms, a kiss between a woman and a man with crab arms, a train full of passengers is blown up with a laser blast causing deaths that we do not see, several encounters with a person with superpowers that blows things up with laser blasts, discussions of mutations that cause super powers, several deaths by crushing and laser blasts with no injuries seen, a couple of armed robberies, physical humor during treatments and testing of powers with no lasting injuries, and some strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


After her parents are killed by people that undergo a genetic transformation and gain super-powers, as well as sociopathy, a woman (Octavia Spencer) vows to discover a way to combat the evil-doers that are tagged Miscreants. When the Earth is struck by cosmic rays, she gets her chance by recruiting her estranged former best friend (Melissa McCarthy) and together they become a superhero team. Also with Jason Bateman, Bobby Cannavale, Pom Klementieff, Melissa Leo, Taylor Mosby, Marcella Lowery, Melissa Ponzio, Ben Falcone and Kevin Dunn. Directed by Ben Falcone. [Running Time: 1:45]

Thunder Force SEX/NUDITY 4

 – A woman sprinkles “Old Bay” on a man’s crab claw hands and tells him that she is going to put him into a hot tub; the man lies back on a bed and wraps his legs around her waist as she stands at the foot of the bed (sex is implied).
 A woman holds and caresses a man’s crab claw hands and flirtatiously smears butter on the claw. During a failed convenience store robbery a man and a woman talk while romantic music plays in the background; the scene cuts to an imagined scene with the two dancing and the man caressing the woman’s face with his crab claw hands. A man feeds a woman raw chicken and she slurps it up; she feeds the man some raw chicken and he does the same and they share a piece and kiss after they each slurp up an end of the piece.
 A man talks about skinny dipping on his honeymoon and that he was bitten in the genitals by a radioactive crab and that his new wife left him after he grew crab arms and claws. A woman talks about being in a relationship with a man and that he left her when she became pregnant. A woman is happy when she thinks her daughter and another woman are going to tell her that they are a couple; she is disappointed when they tell her they are not. A woman says, “This car makes me ovulate” when she sees a Lamborghini. A woman makes a remark about a man that is talking about having big bombs and she says that he must have little tiny fuses. A man makes a remark about a woman “hanging out with strippers.”
 A woman is injected in the clothed breasts by many needles during a series of treatments in a lab. A woman wears skin-tight outfits in a few scenes.

Thunder Force VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 – A train full of passengers is struck by a giant energy blast killing the people onboard and we are told that a girl’s parents were among those on the train (we see her crying). A man hugs another man, his eyes glow red as he squeezes the man and we hear bones crunching (the man falls to the floor dead). A man becomes angry, his eyes glow red and he kicks the head off a statue that is thrown into another man killing him (we do not see wounds). A woman blasts a man with a laser burst killing him (he thrashes briefly). A laser is shot through doors and two women on the other side jump out of the way; one woman fights the women that shot the laser and slams her into a wall with a dumpster (we see her OK later)
 Armed men shoot at two women, one man and a woman jump toward each other and fight with punches and throws, the woman is thrown through an office window and punched while lying on a desk, and another woman throws lasers blasts at people in the room; one of the first two women zaps her with a taser a few times, the man squeezes a woman, another woman tasers him, a man with crab claw hands attacks a man and the man pulls his claws off (we see exposed crab flesh and the man falls to the floor), and the man is thrown out of the exterior office window and far into the distance (we hear later that he is not dead).
 A woman jumps through a window while holding an explosive in a case, she falls into a river below and the explosive detonates causing a shockwave underwater; we see the woman later covered with a sheet and presumably dead until she revives and spits up a lot of water on another woman’s chest plate (she later spits more water on another woman’s shoe). Several armed men hold a convenience store clerk at gunpoint; two women enter the shop and the men shoot at them, one woman punches and incapacitates some of the men and the other tasers the others; one man is tasered on the face and the taser burns his skin (we see him smoldering and scabbed later). A woman with superpowers uses a laser as a lasso and lifts a man into the air until another woman punches her hard in the face (we see a trickle of blood), tackles her and punches a hole in the floor. A woman with superpowers breaks a hole through a wall with a laser blast (the people inside are unharmed). We hear that a bank robbery is in progress and a truck speeds through the streets chased by police cars until a woman on the back of the truck blasts the cars with a laser burst; people on the sidewalks duck and scream and we see that a statue of an angel has been struck (one wing has been broken off). A laser blast blows through the wall of a restaurant and people dodge and fall to the floor screaming (we see remaining rubble after people run out and another laser blast is shot into the building). A woman lifts a bus off the ground and throws it into the distance trying to stop a truck (we see the bus crashed into a fountain later). A young woman hits a woman in the head with a coffee pot and knocks her out. A man holds another man by the throat and threatens him (he gasps and coughs).
 We hear a news report of a failed assassination attempt on a man running for mayor of a large city. A teen boy teases a teen girl for being smart; he calls her names and shoves her on the playground (she falls but is unharmed) until another girl punches the bully in the face and makes him climb into a dumpster (no blood is seen).
 A woman pushes a lever in a laboratory, she sits in a chair and is clamped in around the head and wrists before being injected by many needles in the cheeks (we see welts form and she screams and thrashes). A woman is injected in the face and breasts by many needles in several scenes; during one treatment the woman yells that her face is on fire (the pain stops and the welts recede).
 A woman spars with a man in a boxing ring and knocks the man down; in subsequent sparring rounds the woman knocks the man out of the ring (he does not appear injured, but he wears a full body padded suit). A woman lifts a heavy hammer and swings it down on a lever that throws a block up along a track toward a bell (like a carnival strong man game); the first time she bends over complaining of having hurt her groin, and as she gets stronger the block moves higher and higher until it is eventually thrown through the ceiling. A woman throws a shotput into a wall and it breaks a glass sign. A woman bumps into a glass door and presses her nose against the glass. A woman wakes up with extremely long fingernails and very large front teeth after treatments. A woman takes pills in several scenes and we understand that they are part of a treatment; after her final dose we see her turn invisible. A woman throws a heavy ball through a wall and a man on the other side is startled but unharmed. A man is shown to have crab claws and legs as his arms and he identifies himself as a man-crab. A man tries to hold a glass with his crab claw hands and breaks the glass. A man crushes a microphone in his hand when he becomes angry. A woman speeds in a car and squeals into a parking lot.
 A young woman yells at another young woman when she doesn’t wake her for an exam; they argue, one throws her friendship bracelet on the ground and storms away, and we understand that they don’t see each other for many years. A young woman tells another young woman that she is going to crack from the stress of working so hard. A woman says, “I will murder all of you.” A man says of a woman, “She loves killing people.” A man says that a woman wants to make two other women into S’mores. A young woman says that a man is going to round up all the people that didn’t vote for him and blow them up. A woman with superpowers called “laser” says to a man, “I need to kill them,” about two other women. A woman describes that another woman’s veins will shred like a log in a wood chipper, and later says that her body will explode. Signs are posted in a school that read, “Miscreant attack duck and cover.” A woman talks about being strong enough to throw a city bus. A woman tells another woman that she will be provided with clothing and that she will burn those that she is wearing; the second woman protests and threatens her. A woman lists the side effects of treatments being given to another woman and they include death and severe diarrhea. A woman reprimands her teenage daughter for “goofing off.” A man talks about manipulating a mayoral election. A man says, “When life gives you lemons, you make lemon flavored napalm.” Two women argue and one storms away. A man talks about having been bitten in the genitals by a radioactive crab and that he grew crab arms and claws after the encounter.
 A woman complains that nothing tastes good and she is served a large mound of raw chicken; she eats the meat in several scenes and we see her with a lot in her mouth as she slurps, and in one scene another woman gags and says that she is going to be sick as she leaves the room (we do not see her vomit). A man feeds a woman raw chicken and she slurps it up; she feeds the man some raw chicken and he does the same and they share a piece and kiss after they each slurp up an end of the piece. A woman spits out a bite of cereal and a swig of milk complaining that the milk has gone bad. A woman spills a beer on another woman. After exerting herself a woman says that she might have urinated a little and a young woman confirms that she did after checking a monitor. A woman says, “I’m gonna barf,” but she does not. A woman tells two other women, “You’re a meme now.” A remark is made about a man that “… smells like old lady.” A woman sprinkles “Old Bay” on a man’s crab claw hands (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details).

Thunder Force LANGUAGE 4

 – A character mouths “what the F…,” 14 scatological terms, 18 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, name-calling (nerd, lady parts doctors, stupid, creepy, village idiot, bored, dirtbag, dummy, nuts, loser, dumb, hurricane, psycho, weird, Andy-Pandy, lady-girls, Bongo, morons, chicks, nagging chicks, little mule, femme fatale, outlaw, half-Korean, half-creant, stone-cold bummer, dog, ding dongs, whack job, weak, Urkel, Jodie Foster), exclamations (shut-up, dang it, whoa, hey, oh, wow, ugh, oh boy, ruh-roh, got her panties in a wad, are you kidding, I dig it, peace out, I am not an animal, I don’t care, beep bop bop, super-bummed, trust me, watch your mouth, language, son of a …, oh man, hey, no, I messed up), 2 religious profanities (GD), 30 religious exclamations (e.g. For The Love Of God, Lord, Jesus, Oh My God, Amen, Holy [scatological term deleted], God, Oh God, Dear God). | profanity glossary |

Thunder Force SUBSTANCE USE

 – A woman drinks a can of beer after finishing her work shift, a woman drinks a beer at home and pours some in a bowl of cereal, a woman asks a young man in an office for a beer a couple of times, a woman drinks beer in several scenes, people gathered in a bar are shown drinking alcoholic drinks.

Thunder Force DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Geneticists, planning, obsession, death of parents, stress, betrayal, friendship, secrets, fear.

Thunder Force MESSAGE

 – Sometimes you need help to reach a lofty goal.

CAVEATS

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.

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