X2: X-Men United

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1

Marvel Comics X-Men, humans who have mutated under the forces of evolution to gain superhuman abilities, are back for their second sci-fi, big-screen appearance. This movie is set during a time when the scientific understanding of these powerful mutations is limited, and the American public is fearful and suspicious of these superheroes. The mutants fall into two categories: the X-Men, who who want to work with nonmutants in society, and Magnetos mutants, who want to kill nonmutants. The tension between these two groups builds as all mutants are confronted by a deadly threat to their existence. They showcase their special abilities in a struggle to survive as human life weighs in the balance. As its predecessor, this film has the characters Storm (Halle Berry), Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Eric Lensherr/Magnetto (Ian McKellen) and Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). It was produced in part by Ralph Winter, who also produced Left Behind.

The film has a number of positive themes. Characters are bonded by strong friendships when their lives are endangered, repeatedly sacrificing themselves to save others lives. School guardians show genuine concern as they nurture the students and teach them that value is not based on ability or appearance. One of the good guys quotes Psalm 23. A heroine chooses the man who will come home every night and care for the family And angels and the necessity for faith are discussed in one scene. While fast-paced and entertaining, the film has many killings and bloody stabbings. The fights between mutants take it to a higher level of violence because of their superpowers. An evil scientist subjects humans to brutal laboratory experiments. A female character wears a very revealing, skin-tight costume, and several scenes have extramarital sexual overtones. Evolution is viewed as a fact. X2: X-Men United has a mix of positive and negative elements and therefore receives a moderately negative acceptability rating.

Preview Reviewer: Blaine Butcher
Distributor:
20th Century Fox

Summary
The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many times (11).

Obscene Language: Few times. S word (3)

Profanity: Several times (7). 4 (OMG) 2 (MG) and 1 (OG).

Violence: many times severe (numerous shootings, hand-to-hand fighting, corpses, gun wounds, exploding cars, executions, woman beat to death by a man, stabbings, brutal experiments).

Sex: none.

Nudity: Near Nudity: woman wears tight-fitting body suit, woman undresses near man.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: few times (men talk about sex, woman crawls into mans tent and tries to initiate sex, man says woman is good in bed).

Drugs: few times (cigars, beer).

Other: strangely decorated blue character has tattoos that are angelic signs for different sins, evolution is a main theme that is presented as fact, a man wants to kill millions of people, U.S. President is nearly assassinated by a religious person, evil person controls people to do actions against their will.

Running Time: 135 minutes.
Intended Audience: older children, teens and adults.


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