MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +1

Content: +2

Tim Allen, Courteney Cox Arquette, Chevy Chase, Spencer Breslin, Rip Torn. Comedy. Written by Adam Rifkin, David Berenbaum, Tim Allen, Matt Carroll. Directed by Peter Hewitt.

An out-of-work superhero is reluctant about teaching super kids the fundamentals of being superheroes. Still, he tutors the younger generation in order to save the world from utter destruction. Think X-Men with laughs. Well, that was the studios intent. Sad to add, youll find more kryptonite in Supermans bathroom cabinet than you will laughs in this tedious attempt at comic book satire. Desperate for end of the summer amusement, kids may flock to it, but most adults will find it a waste of Hollywood talent and our time.

Critics werent invited to see a pre-opening screening. There are reasons for such snubs. When it comes to teen-aimed horror flicks, the studio depends on a built-in audience, one not so interested in the views of those older and wiser. Other times, as in the case of a so-called family-friendly film, a studio is wise to skip press invites because their film will only get a positive reaction from those wanting to read their quotes in the paper. Such is the case with Zoom, a pitiful copycat of any film that featured kid superheroes (Spy Kids, Sky High).

No one sets out to make a bad movie and this one has talented people associated with it, so I wont be cruel. Lets just say that due to the feeble humor, unlikable kid characters, cheesy special effects and poor acting, poor script and poor direction, a great many of my colleagues are doubly frustrated by the fact that they had to pay to see this one.

Video Alternative: The Incredibles. This hilarious, action-packed, animated adventure has a put-upon superhero family now denying their superpowers and living under a government protection plan. Taking on grown-up themes such as the suspicion of infidelity and a barrage of violent do-or-die histrionics, Pixar Animation Studios and filmmaker Brad Bird (The Iron Giant) incorporate cartoonish slapstick with thoughtful PG-rated wit.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Sony Pictures

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: Some insensitive name calling.

Obscene Language: A couple of minor expletives (hells)

Profanity: The expression My God is heard twice.

Violence: The comic book violence consists of fight scenes between superheroes and supervillains, with people thrown about and a man shot with a tranquilizer gun. The action is mostly tame, but a couple of scenes contain elements that may be disturbing to little ones, such as fights and people placed in peril.

Sex: A woman wears provocative clothing, causing a comic reaction from a man.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: Some tween and teen angst and lots of attitude and name calling.

Running Time: 83 minutes
Intended Audience: Families

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