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Family Movie Review: Hercules (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 98 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 13+. Typical historical action movie stuff, like violence from clubs, arrows, spears, and hand-to-hand combat (lots of blood and corpses, but no outright gore); some anachronistic cursing; a woman’s butt and others running around skimpily dressed; and some slightly scary fantasy monsters, like a hydra and three-headed dog.

The second film this year focused on the legendary son of Zeus is actually based on a thoroughly researched graphic novel, but you wouldn’t know that from ‘Hercules.’ The Dwayne Johnson vehicle goes for the stereotypical action-movie route in every way it possibly can.

By Roxana Hadadi

Similarly themed films seem to come in twos. Last summer saw a pair of assaults on the White House (“White House Down” and “Olympus Has Fallen”), while this year is movies about Hercules, the legendary son of the god Zeus. This spring’s offering, “The Legend of Hercules,” starring Kellan Lutz, summarily flopped, but the Dwayne Johnson-starring “Hercules” doesn’t fare much better. There are brief moments of a better movie in here (a funnier one, and at least a more self-aware one), but director Brett Ratner is teasing us. He never fully veers from the formulaic route.

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