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TMNT (2007) - Review for Parents

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TMNT (2007)

Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello in TMNT (2007)

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MPAA Rating: PG, for animated action violence, some scary cartoon images and mild language
Genre: Action/adventure/CG-animation
Age Range: 9 years and up
Runtime: Approx. 90 minutes
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Chris Evans, Ziyi Zhang, Kevin Smith
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: March 23, 2007

TMNT (2007) - Guide Review

Looking like the cartoon version of a Tom Clancy movie, TMNT begins with April O'Neil finding Leonardo, who is helping villagers on the sly down in Central America. April tries to get Leo to come home and unite his struggling brothers. Unsuccessful at convincing the self-doubting turtle, April returns to her business of traveling the world collecting huge stone statues of ancient generals for a man named Winters.

Meanwhile, back in New York, each turtle brother is following his own path, and Raphael's chosen road is a dangerous one. He and April's friend Casey are acting as night vigilantes; they have vowed not to take a break from fighting crime. As Winters' true intentions with the statues play out, the city becomes more dangerous, and Leo's sudden return only makes things more complicated.

The city is in grave danger, and the turtle family may be broken apart for ever. Only by pulling together, and partnering with an unlikely nemesis, will the Turtles be able to save the city and themselves.

TMNT (2007)

Michelangelo, Donatello, Splinter, Leonardo, Raphael, April O'Neil and Casey in TMNT (2007)

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The story may be difficult for young kids to follow. Winters, a man who became immortal when he opened an ancient portal to a different dimension, is attempting to fix his past mistakes. He plans to gather his generals in order to corral 13 monsters that had escaped through the portal and have been stuck on earth for years.

The story is better and more involved than some of the previous TMNT movies, but the movie is cartoon violence from start to finish.

TMNT (2007) - Note to Parents

The cartoonish, comic book style CG graphics in TMNT are very appealing to young children, but the weapons and violence in the movie will not be so appealing to their parents. From the very beginning of the movie - starting with a flashback tale of ancient warriors and the here and now of a women being shoved and stolen from by guerillas right in front of her child - heavy violence is introduced.

The story focuses heavily on the vigilante crime-fighting of Raphael and Casey, as well as the tense and bitter feelings between Raphael and his brother Leonardo. At one point in the movie, Raphael and Leonardo fight each other.

TMNT (2007) - Content Overview

The following lists some of the most prominent examples of possibly offensive content in the movie (Contains Spoilers):

Violence (Extreme)
- A flashback of a past war is shown, where soldiers are battling with swords.
- In a Central American jungle, guerilla-type fighters push a women to the ground and steel her necklace, all in front of her small boy. The guerillas then fight with Leonardo using weapons such as machine guns and machetes. No blood or gore is shown.
- Raphael beats up criminals in the street and leaves them hanging in the air bound by chains for the police to find them.
- The Foot Clan and the Turtles fight a huge monster. The monster knocks them around until he falls through the floor of the building.
- Huge stone soldiers, the generals from Winters' ancient battle, go after monsters all over the city. They battle with the monsters, tie them up, and take them to Winters.
- Raphael and Leonardo fight on top of a building. They go at each other with weapons, but Raphael breaks Leonardo's swords. He pins Leo to the ground and then walks away.
- Leo is hit with a sedative dart and captured by the stone generals.
- Splinter and the Turtles fight the stone generals, hand-to-hand and with sword and knife types of weapons, and push them back into the portal. Again, no blood or gore is shown.

Sex/Nudity (Mild)
- Casey and April kiss.

Profanity (Mild)
- The word "damn" is used.

Alcohol/Drugs (Mild)
- Winters is shown with a drink.

Bad/Disrespectful Behavior (Heavy)
- Various villains and criminals have bad attitudes and evil intentions.
- Raphael is resentful that Leo left and that Leo is their leader. He complains about Leo and quits being part of the Turtles team in order to solve crime vigilante style. He disobeys Splinter and Leonardo.
- The stone soldiers turn on Winters and devise a plot to destroy the world.

Scary Scenes (Moderate)
- The scenes listed under "Violence" may be scary or unsettling to children.
- The monsters and stone warriors in the movie may be scary for young children.

Sad/Unsettling Scenes (Mild)
- Tense scenes between Raphael and Leonardo occur.
- At the end of the movie, Winters disappears into tiny specs of gold dust.

TMNT (2007) - Topics to Discuss

  • Kids may need explanations of "dimensions" and "portals."
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Immortality
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