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Super 8

ages 13+ | 80 % Say It's Worth Your Time

In 1979 Ohio, several youngsters (Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso) are making a zombie movie with a Super-8 camera. In the midst of filming, the friends witness a horrifying train derailment and are lucky to escape with their lives. They soon discover that the catastrophe was no accident, as a series of unexplained events and disappearances soon follows. Deputy Jackson Lamb (Kyle Chandler), the father of one of the kids, searches for the terrifying truth behind the crash.


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Genre: Science fiction , Thriller

Director: J.J. Abrams

Producer: Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Guy Riedel

Cast: Dan Castellaneta, Kyle Chandler, Glynn Turman, Brett Rice, Bruce Greenwood, Ron Eldard, Michael Hitchcock, Noah Emmerich, Jack Axelrod, Richard Jones, Dale Dickey, AJ Michalka, Elle Fanning, Zach Mills, Ryan Lee, Gabriel Basso, Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths

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Rated PG-13 Intense Seq. of Sci-Fi Violenc|Intense Seq. of Sci-Fi Action|Language|Some Drug Use

  • 2 of 10 Sex & Nudity
  • 6 of 10 Violence & Gore
  • 5 of 10 Profanity

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Several friends recommended I see this movie, but I can't say I was thrilled with it. It was more violent and intense than I expected, and a couple of the kids had some potty mouths. I thought it was OK, but certainly not worth buying the DVD. Careful letting your kids see it, the alien might give them bad dreams.

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  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Super 8 is J.J. Abrams' homage to everything Spielberg. It's got the suspense of a Jaws or Jurassic Park, the teenage characters reminiscent of E.T. or the Goonies, and a Close Encounters of the Third Kind vibe too. It was a very enjoyable movie, though the language is a bit strong and the suspense may be too much for younger viewers. If memory serves, there are also some disturbing images, but nothing too terrifying. I highly recommend Super 8, especially if you want a trip down memory lane without pulling out your old Spielberg movies on VHS or DVD.

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  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    I enjoyed the film very much, but the language was terrible. Lots of swearing. Whether it's worth your time will depend greatly on your tolerance for bad language. It is a great throwback to the Spielberg films of the early 80s. It has the friendship of the Goonies, the magic of ET and the monster-movie vibe of Jaws. The finale is wonderful.

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  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Add Goonies and E.T. together and you get Super 8. Great story lines and characters. However, the profanity is really over the top - should be rated R because of language.

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  • No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Loved the story premise and enjoyed all the young actors but had a little of the Independence Day affects. Didn't see the need for all the profanity, really isn't anyone capable of writing a script without it. It's an insult to the intelligence of mankind. The more we're educated the more perverse we become.

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  • ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    I liked this movie. But I think the trailer and marketing is deceptive. This is not a kid friendly movie or anything like "ET" or "The Goonies". The monster is not friendly and cute but is more vicious and on par with something from Aliens. I took my 12 year old to see this and that was a mistake. It is way too violent for her or pre-high school kids.

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  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Definitely on the top end of PG-13. This movie has some intense violent scenes of the alien (monster) crushing military folks. Also a lot of profanity from the youngsters who star the movie. I would not classify this as a family flick and although compared to E.T., it is far from the cutesy 80's classic, because this extra terrestrial is VERY angry. I also found there to be no redeeming value. No real values are taught in the movie and I left the theater a little disappointed.

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  • ages 14+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Decent story line, fine acting, but the profanity was too much and made three adults uncomfortable. The monster is hideous, the violence intense.

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  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    This was a movie you can tell J.J Abrams wanted to make since he was a kid. He has the vibe of a lot of 80's classics like E.T. and Goonies, but if your not a fan of those movies than odds are you won't like this movie. I am not saying it is on the same field as Goonies but it was an entertaining movie with really great character development. It is just meant to be a fun, and entertaining movie that could also be a little nostalgic for those who grew up in the late 70's or the 80s. Although the movie stars kids, it is definitely not for the kids. It has a lot of language and some violence not suitable for the young ones.

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  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    loved the movie and the story line...too much profanity for a "kids" movie.

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  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    This was a really interesting movie. The story line was cool leading up to the end, then I felt like it was a little cheesy. It bothered me how much one of the little kids swore. Not the"F-bomb" swore, but still cursed like a sailor. It's a very action packed, intense movie at times. I think it's worth a watch, just not really worth a buy.

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  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    Very well done movie. Unlike Stevens other ET movie based in the same time period this is far more intense.

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  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    As is the case with most movies of this genre, the build up is better than the monster that is revealed. But it is entertaining without the horror gore so common in current movies.

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  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    Was boring at times, and you did not see the alien until the end.

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  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    I gave it a thumbs down just because I thought it was SO over rated. Kinda like Warhorse was but this movie is better than that movie was

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  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    Made me feel like a kid again. Worth it.

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  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    This was a fun intense movie that reminds me of the Goonies. There is a lot of swearing throughout that is primary from kids.

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  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Not Worth Your Time

    I wasn't impressed with this movie. I'm not bummed that I spent money and time on it, but I wouldn't care to see it again. Some people loved it but I thought it had too much unnecessary swearing and took too long to get exciting. It has a good amount of violence and a lot of swearing as previously noted. I would not recommend this for anyone under the age of 15.

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  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    One of the better Spielberg movies in years trying to get back to his roots and what made he so good early on in his career. The kids all do a great job in this film.

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  • (Female)

    Mature 17+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Too much taking of God's name in vain. Stupid, silly plot.

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  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Fun movie to go see.

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  • No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    thought this would be a fun family film. was sad to hear the 'f' word ! wal mart will not take back with receipt because it was opened only for another copy of the same movie. DO NOT PURCHASE. also the 's' word is used more then should be.

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  • No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    intense

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  • ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    cool

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  • ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    It's rare to find child actors that are actually good, but this one has several that are great. They seem like real kids. The funny thing about this movie is, it seems like the whole "alien" plot is just an aside, that the real movie is about these kids and growing up.

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  • No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Good movie with humor and heart

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  • ages 14+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Storyline okay and fun but they use the F word for no apparent reason and one of the kids can't talk without constant profanity from start to finish, (mostly the Lord's name in vain in all forms). Very disappointed.

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    The kids language

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  • No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    I enjoyed the spin on an alien movie set in the 70's. JJ Abrams is creative and a rising talented story teller. Child actors are great and are able to carry the story. The language used was a bit much at times mainly due to children using swear words but contrary to other comments, Goonies and ET did have kids using adult language. Other movies out there have far more language issues. I was pleasantly surprised and would recommend the movie.

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  • ages 14+ | Not Worth Your Time

    This movie strives to combine the suspense of JAWS, and drama of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. Obviously, this means you hide the alien as long as possible, but when you finally do reveal the alien, it has to have purpose and real connection. The movie essentially borrows the ex deus machina resolution of the IRON GIANT. It was disappointment on many levels.

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  • ages 14+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Stupid movie. I would certainly expect better out of Steven Spielberg teaming up with J.J. Abrams so I did have rather high expectations for this movie. But at the same time the movie was just dumb. Lots of special effects and entertaining in parts but horrible ending and the plot stunk. This movies ends so pathetic you wish you did not waste your time. This movie is more to entertain the kiddies but probably not one to take the kiddies to. This is one of the most overhyped movies of the summer and I dont know why. Still not as bad as Cloverfield which is the worst sci-fi i have ever seen in my life.

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  • ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie was awesome. I went to see it, knowing NOTHING about it, and loved all the surprises. 3 1/2 stars.

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  • ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    Great balance or story, action, pacing, comic relief and other vital elements a film needs to hold the audiences attention for nearly two hours. While not only paying homage to great films such as The Goonies and E.T., the nostalgia does not overshadow the deeper meanings viewers can find once the plot and sub plots resolve under the masterful direction of J.J. Abrams.

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  • (Male)

    ages 11+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie was awesome! It was very intriguing and had excellent acting. usually when the main characters are kids it worries me but they all did a fabulous job. This movie is an instant classic that will be remembered for years. Beware I screamed like a little girl at a couple of parts.

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  • ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Heave on both profanity and violence, Super 8 is still a worthwhile romp done 1980's sci-fi ala Spielberg style.

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  • ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Fun movie. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Don't be decieved though as it is NOT a kids movie. There is plenty of swearing (including one use the R rated curse word) and blood/minimal gore. I wouldn't call it scary, but there are plenty of parts that make you jump out of your seat. I'd easily give it an 8 or 9 out of 10.

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 16+ | Worth Your Time

    Compelling, terrific action; classic J.J. Abrams. But language is very abrasive.

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Okfor ages12+