Family Movie Review: Battleship (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 131 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 12+. Rated PG-13 mainly for the cursing, which is a lot of s-words; also typical action violence, like exploding ships and buildings. Lots of people die and you see corpses, but nothing is gory or too bloody. Also some cleavage and making out, but no nudity besides a shirtless Taylor Kitsch.

'Battleship' is, at its core, a supremely dumb action movie based on a Hasbro boardgame. But when director Peter Berg lets the film be frothy, funny, and people-focused, it excels—even though that goodness is only about 40 minutes of a 131-minute-long movie.

By Roxana Hadadi

"Battleship" is this summer's "Transformers," but director Peter Berg is not this summer's Michael Bay. Like Bay, he has cast a supremely attractive female lead, and he has made a film about inexplicable robots that want to destroy all of Earth, but Berg thankfully puts a human touch on most of this, a relatable and recognizable self-awareness that gives "Battleship" a bit of frothy fun.

Sadly, though, it's only a bit.

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