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"I AM NUMBER FOUR"
(2011) (Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant) (PG-13)


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


QUICK TAKE:
Sci-Fi/Drama: A human-looking extraterrestrial teen moves to a small Ohio town with his guardian and hopes to avoid other aliens who want to kill him, all while he falls for a human classmate.
PLOT:
Nine human-like children from the planet Lorien arrived on Earth years ago just before their kind's enemies, the Mogadorians, destroyed their planet. Accompanied by a single guardian to protect each of them, the numbered Loriens live all around the world. One of them is "John Smith" (ALEX PETTYFER), a teenager who's just moved from Florida to Paradise, Ohio with his adult guardian, Henri (TIMOTHY OLYPHANT), who poses as his father. The move was due to the fact that the Mogadorian Commander (KEVIN DURAND) and his like have also arrived on Earth, intent on killing all of the Lorien children (who will develop special powers as they grow up), and they've already accomplished that with the first three.

As those deaths must occur in order and John is Number Four, Henri wants to make sure he keeps him out of harm's way, but John is tired of running and hiding. Thus, he enrolls in the local high school, posing as an everyday student. But when he finds himself attracted to fellow student Sarah (DIANNA AGRON), he brings about the wrath of her ex-boyfriend Mark (JAKE ABEL) and his thugs who already routinely bully Sam (CALLAN McAULIFFE), the school outcast who believes his father was abducted by aliens.

When the Mogadorians eventually track John to his new location, the teen must decide whether to flee again or stand his ground and fight. With new telekinetic powers and the surprise appearance of the more powerful Number 6 (TERESA PALMER), John decides to do the latter, resulting in a cosmic battle in the small Ohio town.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
The teen angle might interest some, but unless they're fans of sci-fi and/or someone in the cast, it's hard to see how much interest there will be with this film.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For intense sequences of violence and action, and for language.


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