Finally, the filmmakers show a lack of responsibility in a couple of areas—especially in regards to sexual innuendos. For instance, the girl dating Johnny Storm says she has to buy fireproof lingerie when she’s with him, and Sue says of Reed, “I’m so hot for you right now.”  Sue also wears a skin-tight, very sexy outfit in almost every scene.  Are these really things that children need to hear and see?  Isn’t there an unspoken rule that when movies are marketed to youngsters they should be free of innuendo and truly suited to that audience? There is also marked violence that includes one of the characters dying when a bad guy freezes him in place. 

In essence, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a high-budget film, full of amazing special effects, action, and humor and will likely draw in the big crowds.  However, because of the worldview and irresponsibility issues, families should take caution when considering whether or not to bring young children.


  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Little to none.
  • Language/Profanity:  Two or three light obscenities.
  • Sex/Nudity:  None, but some depictions of suggestive clothing.  There are also several suggestive sexual references, many of which will go over kids’ heads.
  • Violence:  Excessive, with gun and fist fights, car crashes, heat-seeking missiles, electrical zappings, guy frozen in place, terror in NYC, etc.