Director: Tom McGrath
Rated: PG for action and some language
Starring: Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt
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Common Sense Media rating: 5+
Moviefone Mama Says: This villain-as-ultimate-superhero adventure is good for a family movie night, particularly if your clan includes superhero fans who never tire of caped crusaders. There's a top-notch voicecast (Pitt's not around much but that's fine, since he's not exactly a comedian like the rest of the cast), especially Ferrell, Fey and Hill, the last being hilarious as a schlubby cameraman who's turned into a superhero slacker. (Even as an animated, beefed-up hero, Hill can't escape typecasting.) Ferrell and Fey lead the way, and the 'SNL' alums are clearly gifted with their comic timing. It was one of the best family movies of 2010, but be aware that some very young viewers may be extremely upset at a character's death. It's central to the plot, so I won't spoil it, but let's just say everything isn't as it seems.
Parent Concerns: This is a much milder PG movie than the surprisingly intense 'Legend of the Guardians.' Aside from some PG-rated language ("butt," "dumb"), brief flirting, a couple of chaste kisses and some to-be-expected cartoonish violence (explosions and property destruction that doesn't kill anyone except Metro Man), there's nothing overtly objectionable in the movie.
DVD Extras: On top of the standard audio-commentary and making-of special, there's a fun exclusive short called 'Megamind and the Button of Doom,' a tour of Megamind's lair, interactive activitieooks and storybs, and a bunch of deleted scenes (if your kids are like mine, they devour those after watching a DVD they love).
More Family Titles on DVD:
'Alice in Wonderland': Not the Tim Burton re-imagining but the Disney classic that we all grew up with, featuring the trippy Caterpillar, the scary Red Queen and the hilarious Mad Hatter.
'Despicable Me': Starring Steve Carell, this is the other villain-turned-hero adventure of 2010, and it's a must-see for families -- great cast, memorable soundtrack, sweet message.
'Secretariat': This surprisingly touching docu-drama about how Penny Chenery led Secretariat to horse-racing glory stars the lovely Diane Lane and is all about female empowerment.
'Toy Story 3': If you are one of the few families who have yet to experience Pixar's brilliant third installment in the 'Toy Story' series, please see it now. It's simply the best.