(2021) (Octavia Spencer, Melissa McCarthy) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Comedy/Action: Former friends inadvertently team up to become superheroes to defeat super villains plaguing their city.
Emily Stanton (OCTAVIA SPENCER) and Lydia Berman (MELISSA McCARTHY) grew up as classmates and friends in Chicago, but ultimately went their separate ways. While Lydia works in a cargo yard, Emily has continued her promise to honor her parents' deaths -- at the hands of super-powered villains known as Miscreants -- by developing a way for average people to become superheroes to defeat those bad characters.
When Lydia stops by Emily's new high-tech headquarters to see if her former friend wants to attend their high school reunion, she inadvertently activates a process that imbues her with super-strength, something that doesn't sit well with Emily's number two, Allie (MELISSA LEO). Needing to complete that process lest Lydia possibly die, Emily decides to use the other developed superpower -- invisibility -- on herself, with her super-smart 15-year-old daughter, Tracy (TAYLOR MOSBY), assisting her.
And it's none too soon, what with increased Miscreant behavior in the city, including from Laser (POM KLEMENTIEFF) who can create and shoots balls of destructive energy, and The Crab (JASON BATEMAN), a human with huge crustacean pincers. With their new superpowers, Emily and Lydia set out to stop them, initially unaware that they work for politician William "The King" Stevens (BOBBY CANNAVALE) who's running against Rachel Gonzales (MELISSA PONZIO) for mayor.
With The King determined to kill them so that he can use the mayorship to get to higher political office, Emily and Lydia become the superhero duo known as Thunder Force to make sure that doesn't happen.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Fans of anyone in the cast or send-ups of superhero movies might be interested in seeing it.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For some action/violence, language, and mild suggestive material.
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