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"MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS"
(2012) (Robert Downey, Jr. Chris Evans) (PG-13)


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


QUICK TAKE:
Action: A group of superheroes are brought together to battle a powerful villain who wants to use a futuristic energy device to unleash his army on Earth.
PLOT:
As run by Nick Fury (SAMUEL L. JACKSON), S.H.I.E.L.D., a secret military law-enforcement agency, has been overseeing astrophysicist Selvig (STELLAN SKARSGARD) and his team develop the Tesseract, a device that could channel endless energy from outer space back to Earth. Unfortunately for them, it allows for the arrival of Norse god Loki (TOM HIDDLESTON) who, using an energized spear weapon, turns both Selvig and agent Clint Barton (JEREMY RENNER), a.k.a. Hawkeye, over to his side.

Fury and agents Phil Coulson (CLARK GREGG) and Maria Hill (COBIE SMULDERS) try to stop him, but his arrival results in the destruction of the lab and worry that he's going to use the device to allow his army to travel through an open portal to Earth. Accordingly, Fury sets out to assemble a group of superheroes who might be able to stop him.

They include Tony Stark (ROBERT DOWNEY JR.), a.k.a. Iron Man, a billionaire playboy inventor who wears a high-tech and armored flying suit, and former WWII super soldier Steve Rogers (CHRIS EVANS), a.k.a. Captain America, who's been brought out of suspended animation 70 years after his last action.

They're joined by former Soviet spy Natasha Romanoff (SCARLETT JOHANSSON), a.k.a. Black Widow, and physicist Bruce Banner (MARK RUFFALO), whose previous exposure to gamma radiation means he turns into the monstrous Hulk if angered. Loki's brother, the hammer-wielding Thor (CHRIS HEMSWORTH) also shows up, and despite their differences and quarrels, the superheroes assemble as a group known as The Avengers and try to thwart Loki's plans.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
It's a good bet many of them will, especially if they're fans of superhero characters.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference.


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