Ditching the books, Sam and Mikaela (Fox) travel hand in hand, (with Mikaela adding little more than her pouty expressions to the cause) in search of an extraterrestrial energy source that morphs from a hunk of metal to an alien key to a pile of dust and eventually, some sort of mental materialization in Sam's head. Or at least that's what I took away from watching. When it comes to what exactly the filmmakers had in mind when making this mess of a movie, it's ultimately anyone's guess. But certainly there are better ways to spend two and a half hours on a summer day, right? And you probably won't even need earplugs.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Social drinking plus a scene where Sam's mom accidentally uses marijuana and starts acting a little crazy while visiting Sam at Princeton.
  • Language/Profanity:  A steady stream of profanity, including instances where the Lord's name is taken in vain, thoughout. While the "f" word is never used, alternate versions are used constantly.
  • Sex/Nudity:  Since Megan Fox's character, Mikaela, is little more than eye candy and Sam's girlfriend, they make the most of it by having her dressed in very short denim shorts and skimpy dresses. She also straddles a motorcycle she's working on suggestively. Sam is also given a lap dance by a glamorous Decepticon. They are engaging in a kiss when Mikaela walks in (but the Decepticon's tongue extends and wraps around Sam's neck as soon as she walks out). Agent Simmons strips down to his skivvies, his backside shown with underwear with just a bit more coverage than a thong. Plus, there's an ongoing joke about Sam's two dogs humping each other, which is shown on several occasions. A robot also does the same thing to Mikaela's leg.
  • Violence:  While all bloodless and very cartoonish, the movie is basically one very long, very loud fighting sequence edited together. Buildings are destroyed, robots are killed and threats are made to wipe out the earth. 

     

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in St. Paul, Minn., she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

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