The acting in G.I. Joe is nothing to write home about, but a few of the stars make a positive impression with the limited dialogue they've been given. Channing Tatum previously attracted attention as an Iraq War soldier in Stop-Loss, but his role here is more front-and-center. He looks the part. Marlon Wayans, who made his name in comedy, is saddled with several weak laugh lines, but he proves he also can pass as an action hero. Gordon-Levitt, Pryce and Quaid bring to the proceedings memories of their better films—pretty much all of them are better than G.I. Joe—thereby providing some measure of respite from the sensory drubbing doled out by Sommers' film.
Parents with fond memories of the G.I. Joe toys and comics should make no mistake: This G.I. Joe may be cartoonish, but the film is quite violent in spots, earning its PG-13 rating. If you go, leave the little ones at home. Or better yet, forget about this cartoonish live-action film and go see Up, a cartoon of another kind—warm-hearted, meaningful, and suitable for all ages.

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  • Language/Profanity:  Lord's name taken in vain; some foul language along the lines of "holy s—t," "got our a--es kicked," "son of a b—ch."
  • Smoking/Drinking:  Some drinking.
  • Sex/Nudity:  Kissing; a married woman talks about being "touched" sexually; shirtless men; a woman is shown in bed, in her night clothes.
  • Violence/Crime:  An iron mask scalds a man's face; lots of shooting and killing; people are stabbed and impaled; multiple injections into the arm and face; several huge explosions; reckless driving during extended chase scenes; destruction of a major landmark, and threats of further destruction of major cities around the globe; a teacher is killed by his student.
  • Religion:  No specific talk of religion, but a team of villains is said to be disconnected from any sense of morality.
  • Marriage:  A woman accepts a soldier's proposal on the condition that he protect her brother, but the engagement is eventually broken.