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Superstar Jack Nicholson as the President of the United States greeting invaders from outer space? Anything can and does happen when the twisted mind of director Tim Burton plunges planet Earth into complete pandemonium in this all-star sci-fi spoof. Based upon Mars Attacks! by TOPPS.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Tim Burton's alien invasion spoof faithfully recreates the wooden characters and schlocky story of cheesy '50s sci-fi and Ed Wood movies -- perhaps a little too faithfully for audiences.
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Common Sense Says
Alien-invasion satire for older tweens and up.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mars Attacks! was based on a notorious series of trading cards that were censored for gruesomeness, and director Tim Burton doesn't hold back: abundant cartoony violence includes people being turned into skeletons by a death ray, vivisection (and whimsical re-assembly) of living humans, Martians' brains swelling and bursting, and cruelty to (computer-generated) animals. In addition the filmmakers have added some prostitutes to the blend. There is a subtle anti-authoritarian tone that kids have the smarts to save the world after all the annoying adults are wiped out.
A Lot or A Little?
The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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- Genre:Sci-Fi, Comedy, Fantasy
- Release Date:December 13, 1996
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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