13 April 2016

Quickie Movie Review: "Supergirl"

Rated: PG for unspecified reasons (original version)
Starring: Helen Slater, Faye Dunaway, and Peter O'Toole
Released: 1984
Synopsis: When the object that gives her underwater city power accidentally ends up on Earth, it's up to Kara Zor-El, cousin of Kal-El aka Superman, to get it back and rescue her people.  Unfortunately, an evil witch bent on world domination is using it to enact her dastardly plans.  Posing as a student in an all-girls' school, Kara also has the same powers her cousin has...but, will that be enough to defeat the sorceress?

My Review: I'm doing a quickie review because this movie has a certain notoriety as being one of the worst superhero films ever...and it deserves it.  The plot would only work in a video game, and the special effects are rather cheesy.  The only good news is that this flick is low on profanity and sexual content, which is surprising for an unrated cut of a theatrically released film.  Despite the clean content, however, I wouldn't bother watching this unless you're a die-hard superhero fanatic; even then, you might not like it.  If you want to see Supergirl in action, go buy some episodes of the current CBS show from iTunes or Amazon; they're much better than this mess.

Content Concerns:
  • Sex: Kissing and flirting; Supergirl puts a bra on over her shirt and starts stuffing it. 4/5
  • Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless guys; girls are seen in a shower, but only bare shoulders are shown. 4/5
  • Language: One usage of the s-word; two or three of the d-word and h-word, and about as many misuses of God's name. 3/5
  • Violence: Cheesy action sequences involving Supergirl: she saves a guy from construction equipment gone haywire, she fights against a monster from the depths, etc.  Nothing graphic, but one scene is a bit bloody. 3/5
  • Drugs: Drinking and smoking are shown. 3/5
  • Frightening/Intense Scenes: Young children may be scared of the monster towards the end; however, older viewers will likely laugh at the scene's cheesiness. 4/5
  • Other: Magic and spells are used by the villainess. 4/5
Score: 1/5

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