Dreamworks' Megamind a Familiar but Funny Trip
- Friday, November 05, 2010
Ferrell's voice work is fine, but Fey's Roxanne is the key to much of the film's enjoyment. Whether taking Megamind down a peg or warding off the unwanted advances by Hal, Roxanne is fearless and independent, a spunky heroine who should appeal to young women looking for someone to stand toe to toe with the male superheroes.
But who's looking for a serious message in a silly movie like Megamind? Its story may feel a bit familiar at times, but if it's laughs you want, you won't be disappointed.
Language/Profanity: "Butt"; "freakin'"; a t-shirt says "Bite Me."
Smoking/Drinking/Drugs: Wine/champagne served with dinner.
Sex/Nudity: A hug and a kiss.
Violence/Crime: Megamind learns the difference between "right" and "wrong" from prisoners; Megamind is pummeled during a dodgeball game; a tasering; Megamind is punched; Megamind threatens a reporter, who remains unfazed even after she's kidnapped by Megamind; a death ray destroys an observatory, and a skeleton of someone inside the observatory lands at Megamind's feet; a character is smacked with a stick; a wedgie; a car accident; a large-scale fight scene; car wrecks; explosions; a threat to "go gangsta" on someone.
Religion/Morals: Brief mentions of fate, for example, "Even fate picks its favorites"; discussion of how goodness if valued and rewarded, while evil is punished; Megamind says he was destined to be a super-villain because being bad was the only thing he was any good at; soundtrack includes several heavy-metal songs, including AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," although the word "hell" is cut off as it plays; a reference to "evil heaven"; Megamind is dubbed an "evil overlord"; a theme about how evil can't exist without some good to oppose it; a man is said to be "infused with godlike power"; a reference to the "blackest part" of one's heart, and to some "good" within; a distinction between the path given us and the path we make for ourselves.
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