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"TMNT"
(2007) (voices of James Arnold Taylor, Nolan North) (PG)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Minor None Heavy *Moderate Extreme
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Moderate Minor Heavy Mild Minor
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Mild None Mild Moderate Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
Action/Adventure: A quartet of teenage mutant ninja turtles must overcome their personal differences as they battle an immortal general, his stone soldiers, and a number of monsters that are on the loose.
PLOT:
Leonardo (voice of JAMES ARNOLD TAYLOR), Raphael (voice of NOLAN NORTH), Donatello (voice of MITCHELL WHITFIELD), and Michelangelo (voice of MIKEY KELLEY) are four brothers -- teenage mutant ninja turtles -- who've gone underground after serving as crime fighters in New York City.

There's dissension among the ranks, however, since their sensei, Master Splinter (voice of MAKO), has sent Leonardo off to Central America for some sort of training, leaving Raphael bitter. Accordingly, while Donatello works as a tech-support phone operator and Michelangelo dresses up in costumes for children's parties, Raphael works as the Nightwatcher, a lone crime fighter.

He's occasionally joined by fellow vigilante, human Casey Jones (voice of CHRIS EVANS) who's seeing TV reporter April O'Neil (voice of SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR). She's been hired by wealthy businessman Max Winters (voice of PATRICK STEWART) to collect various ancient stone statues. Unbeknownst to her, Winters is a former general who once desired to rule the world, but his quest for power made him immortal, turned his soldiers into those stone statues, and unleashed thirteen monsters on the world.

With the work of April as well as ninja Karai (voice of ZHANG ZIYI) and her warriors, Winters is trying to reassemble his military team and capture all of those monsters. With the help of Master Splinter, the turtles eventually put their differences behind them so that they can battle both Winters' stone soldiers and those thirteen monsters.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of anything to do with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, they probably will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For animated action violence, some scary cartoon images and mild language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
It's debatable whether kids view animated characters (particularly non-human ones) as role models, but here's a quick look at the major characteristics:
  • LEONARDO is the group's leader, a teenage mutant ninja turtle who has to put up with Raphael being mad at him, while disobeying his sensei's orders. He eventually puts his differences with his brother aside to battle the stone warriors and monsters.
  • RAPHAEL is his sullen turtle brother who's resorted to vigilante style crime fighting in his group's absence. He's mad at Leonardo for being gone and viciously fights him, before making amends and similarly battling their enemies.
  • DONATELLO and MICHELANGELO are their other brothers who are more easygoing in personality, but also help battle the others.
  • CASEY is Raphael's friend and fellow vigilante who fights crime at night as a masked figure.
  • APRIL is his girlfriend, a TV reporter who's working for Winters in finding his stone statue warriors. She joins the fighting when the time comes.
  • MASTER SPLINTER is the turtle's wise sensei who tries to impart wisdom to them, including about their need to work as a team.
  • MAX WINTERS is an immortal general who once wanted to rule the world, but now desires to reunite his stone warriors (and capture the monsters) so that he can remove their curse and turn them back into mortals.
  • KARAI is a ninja hired by Winters to try to capture the thirteen monsters and does so with her human warriors. She also battles the turtles before eventually siding with them.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


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    (Note: The "Our Take" review of this title examines the film's artistic merits and does not take into account any of the possibly objectionable material listed below).


    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a quick look at the content found in this animated action film. Profanity consists of at least 1 minor expletive heard in a song, while various colorful phrases are also uttered. A brief line of non-explicit but sexually related dialogue is heard, while a female character is drawn as incredibly skinny but extremely buxom.

    Violence consists of all sorts of action-based fighting, where characters battle or otherwise strike others with fists, feet, and various weapons (but there's no resultant blood). It's possible that all of that, some moments of peril, and the sight of various monsters might be unsettling, suspenseful, or even scary to very young viewers. Some of the action and stunts might also be enticing for some kids to try to imitate.

    Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, including a turtle character that doesn't get along with his brother. A character briefly drinks, and a song includes what's presumably a drug-related line.

    If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there are varying amounts of camera movement throughout the film (some done in a sweeping, point of view fashion).


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Winters has a drink.
  • The song "Black Betty" has the lyric "She really gets me high."
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • None.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • A Central American villain throws April to the ground and slaps his driver on the back of the head (for stopping on a jungle road).
  • Raphael isn't happy with Leonardo, mainly for being away (sent off by Master Splinter), and isn't nice when Leonardo returns to the city. This continues for much of the film.
  • While he originally wanted to conquer the world long ago, Winters is now a successful businessman who wants to catch all of the 13 monsters and remove the curse of immortality from himself and his warriors. However, when the latter get wind of that, they turn on him.
  • Karai and her warriors initially work for Winters and battle the Turtles, but eventually side with them against the stone warriors.
  • Leonardo chases after Raphael, with the latter then trying to hit the former with a ball and chain. The two then fight, punching and kicking each other, seemingly ending when Leonardo punches Raphael hard. But Raphael then kicks Leonardo back and the two battle, trident-type knives vs. swords, with Raphael breaking Leonardo's swords and defeating him in the night rain.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" may be unsettling, suspenseful, or scary to younger viewers but probably to no one else.
  • The appearance of some of the 13 monsters (sharp teeth, acting violent, etc.) might be unsettling or even scary to very young viewers.
  • April falls a long distance in the jungle, but Leonardo catches and saves her.
  • A monster causes property damage in the city while chasing after a van used as bait for it.
  • After being turned back into a mortal, Winters floats upward and then dissolves away into nothingness.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Swords/Knives/Machine guns/Machete/Chains/Sedative darts: Carried and/or used to threaten or battle others. See "Violence" for details.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Cowabunga," "Going down," "Here's Mikey," "Spoken like a true has-been," "Dirt-bags," "Knucklehead," "Okay jungle boy, grab a vine," "Getting the snot kicked out of them," "Bad dog," "The turtles are back, dude," "Fools," "Dufus," "Hot-head," "Stone jokers," "You got something to get off your shell?" "Goodnight, dark prince," "That rocked" and "Okay, just a little bit creepy."
  • The fighting and other stunts might be enticing for some kids to try to imitate.
  • Michelangelo skateboards through a sewer tunnel.
  • Raphael and Casey run and jump from one rooftop to the next.
  • Michelangelo lets out a loud belch.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • A pterodactyl type monster suddenly flies up from the side of a building.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A heavy amount of action-based, dramatic, and some suspenseful music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • The song "Black Betty" has the lyrics "She really gets me high" as well as at least 1 use of "damn."
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 1 damn (and possibly more) is heard in a song.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • April is "drawn" as a very buxom young woman with an incredibly tiny waist.
  • Working as a tech-support phone operator, Donatello tells an unheard caller that he's not leading them on, adding that it's not that kind of phone line (many kids won't understand the phone sex innuendo).
  • Casey and April briefly, but passionately kiss (while clothed).
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Raphael has a bad attitude toward Leonardo for much of the film, eventually leading to a big, physical fight between the two.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Master Splinter telling the turtles that they can't fight evil if they're fighting each other.
  • The importance of teamwork.
  • The longevity of this superhero franchise.
  • While he originally wanted to conquer the world long ago, Winters is now a successful businessman who wants to catch all of the 13 monsters and remove the curse of immortality from himself and his warriors. However, when the latter get wind of that, they turn on him.
  • Working as a tech-support phone operator, Donatello tells an unheard caller that he's not leading them on, adding that it's not that kind of phone line (many kids won't understand the phone sex innuendo).
  • VIOLENCE
  • We briefly see a long-distance view of a massive battle from the past where Winters and his small army fight others (striking and otherwise hitting them with swords, etc., but with no blood).
  • A Central American villain throws April to the ground. Later, he whacks his driver on the back of the head for stopping in the jungle. One of his men is then yanked over the log blocking their road, while another is yanked upwards by a rope, wildly firing his machine gun on the way up. That man's body then falls and lands hard on the jungle floor, while the lead villain draws his machete and then apparently battles Leonardo (and his swords), but we don't see any of that fight.
  • Various kids with soft toy bats repeatedly pummel Michelangelo at a party where he's the clown wearing a huge costumed head.
  • Some criminals blow a hole through a brick wall, but then encounter Raphael who trips two with chains and then yanks them away. He uses the chain to get another, fights a fourth, and the fifth man runs away.
  • Casey accidentally knocks over one of Winters' ancient vases, causing it to break upon impact with the floor.
  • We hear the sound of a pigeon being snatched and then eaten, with the camera then panning over to show a building's gargoyle (presumably one of the 13 monsters) with feathers in its stone mouth.
  • Raphael uses his chains to grab and throw a robber back against a door. He then backhands the robber.
  • The turtles see Karai's warriors battling a monster in a high-rise that's under construction. The monster knocks the warriors around, with Karai then coming after Leonardo who avoids her blades. The monster then knocks the turtles around, with one briefly dangling from the construction, but the monster then ends up falling through many floors of the building.
  • We see Winters' stone warriors battling a monster, with both sides knocked around until a sedative type dart hits the monster. We then see quick montage views of them battling and capturing other monsters.
  • A pterodactyl type monster suddenly flies up from the side of a building, but the stone warriors yank it back down to the street where it smashes into a vehicle.
  • A stone warrior smashes a large trash dumpster down onto a monster, knocking it out.
  • The stone warriors spot and then fire sedative darts at Raphael and Casey who try to flee, but one of the darts hits Raphael. One stone creature then comes after them, including repeatedly punching and thus denting the metal door behind which they hide.
  • Raphael fights with a small but strong monster that repeatedly bashes his head with a fridge door, with both otherwise knocking each other around.
  • Leonardo chases after Raphael, with the latter then trying to hit the former with a ball and chain. The two then fight, punching and kicking each other, seemingly ending when Leonardo punches Raphael hard. But Raphael then kicks Leonardo back and the two battle, trident-type knives vs. swords, with Raphael breaking Leonardo's swords and defeating him in the night rain.
  • A sedative dart hits Leonardo, with one stone warrior knocking him aside.
  • There's a massive hand-to-hand combat battle where the turtles, Casey and April battle Karai's warriors.
  • Casey purposefully breaks something in Winters' place to activate the security system and thus shut off access to the outside world.
  • A turtle uses an explosive to blow up a cage holding Leonardo.
  • Apparently struck by his renegade stone warriors, Winters flies a long way through the air and lands hard on the floor.
  • The turtles battle the stone warriors with all sorts of hand to hand and sword combat (no blood, but various characters knocked around, etc.).
  • A monster causes property damage in the city while chasing after a van used as bait for it.
  • Master Splinter kicks a monster into a vortex, while a turtle does the same to a stone warrior.



  • Reviewed March 18, 2007 / Posted March 23, 2007

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