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Family Movie Review: G.I. Joe: Retaliation (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 110 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 13+. It’s your typical action movie, so there’s some cursing and sexually themed jokes, as well as a female character in underwear and a sexy outfit meant to seduce a bad guy, but it’s more violent than anything else. Lots of gunfire, hand-to-hand combat and swordfights, people swinging around mountains, people falling to their deaths, people getting electrocuted and blown up, people getting tortured, entire cities getting decimated, that kind of thing. But it’s not realistic—it is a series based on action figures, after all—or grotesque.

It’s only one week into spring 2013, and we’re already getting a would-be blockbuster with ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation,’ the sequel to 2009’s ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.’ This time around, the series is grittier and less glossy—but only marginally more acceptable.

By Roxana Hadadi

Marlon Wayans! Sienna Miller! Joseph Gordon-Levitt! Yes, those people appeared in 2009’s first “G.I. Joe” movie, “The Rise of Cobra,” and no, they don’t appear in this sequel, “Retaliation.” In fact, a lot of the people from the critically panned “Rise of Cobra” don’t show up in this sequel—instead, “Retaliation” takes a grittier path, with director Jon M. Chu (whose last gig was directing the not-at-all-similar “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never”) attempting to infuse some grimy realism into the film. The largely new cast, with Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki, and Bruce Willis, try to do their best—but their efforts can’t save a movie this frightfully scripted.

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