G-Force parents guide

G-Force Parent Guide

For children comfortable with these types of action-packed escapades, "G-Force" offers some more thoughtful moments,

Overall B

Guinea pigs finally get their chance to prove they are more than just laboratory test subjects in this live-action/animated tale. Sporting attitude and the latest high-tech equipment, these furry friends are an espionage force to be reckoned with!

Release date July 24, 2009

Violence C+
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A-
Substance Use B+

Why is G-Force rated PG? The MPAA rated G-Force PG for some mild action and rude humor.

Run Time: 89 minutes

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Size doesn’t seem to matter to the guinea pigs that make up the covert government agency known as G-Force. Juarez (voice by Penélope Cruz), Darwin (voice by Sam Rockwell) and Blaster (voice by Tracy Morgan) may be small, but they’re still a power to be reckoned with when it comes to covert operations.

However, like many other federal agencies, their funding is about to be cut. Without it, they will be forced to shut down before uncovering the criminal activities behind Leonard Saber’s (Bill Nighy) household appliance empire. The night before their project’s termination, they launch an unauthorized mission into Saber’s mansion and steal a computer file outlining his plans for world domination. They hope the information will help save their program. But when the guinea pigs’ boss Ben (Zach Galifianakis) tries to open the file for FBI Agents Killian (Will Arnett), Trigstad (Gabriel Casseus) and Carter (Jack Conley), they discover it has been infected with a computer virus.

Without any positive evidence against the suspicious industrialist, the FBI slaps a closed sign on the animal experimentation operation and the rodents soon finds themselves incarcerated in a pet store cage with a hairy, flatulence-plagued pig (voice by Jon Favreau) and psychotic hamster (voice by Steve Buscemi). Refusing to burrow into the wood chips while Saber initiates his villainous plot, the furry agents and their mole friend Speckles (voice by Nicolas Cage) design an escape plan and arrange to rendezvous at Ben’s address.

Their adventures outside of the pet shop though might be too intense for young viewers. Along with scenes straight from an action flick (car chases, breaking plate glass windows and the threat of being crushed), these rodents are attacked by automated machines with whirling blades and other deadly appendages. They are also subjected to actions that could easily be imitated by children. Feigning interest in the pigs, a young customer in the pet store picks up one of the critters and then intentionally throws him into a cage with a hungry snake. Another is put behind the wheel of a remote control car and driven at high speeds through an obstacle course and over a jump. While children aren’t involved with the following depiction, a rodent finds himself locked inside a microwave oven where he is about to be cooked. During their undercover operations, the tiny squad also faces frequent moments of peril involving attack dogs, detonated explosives, exterminators and armed agents intent on hunting down the escapees.

Yet for children comfortable with these types of action-packed escapades, G-Force offers some more thoughtful moments, particularly after the guinea pig project is abandoned. Believing in the importance of their mission and trusting in one another, these clever critters stay the course despite some disappointing setbacks. And although the script may sometimes be a bit predictable, this film has enough heart and corny jokes to be engaging from the first frame to the final clip.

Starring Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Jon Favreau, Penelope Cruz, Steve Buscemi, Tracy Morgan. Running time: 89 minutes. Theatrical release July 24, 2009. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is G-Force rated PG? G-Force is rated PG by the MPAA for some mild action and rude humor.

While the stars of this film may be cute little guinea pigs, don’t expect all the action to be child-friendly especially for very young or sensitive viewers. These rodents participate in high-speed chase scenes, and are threatened by dogs and cats, caught in an explosion, crushed in a garbage truck, gassed by exterminators, as well as attacked by armed robots. One guinea pig is caught and almost cooked alive in a microwave oven. A character is thrown in a cage with a poisonous snake. Children drive their pets in a remote controlled car and dress them up in clothes, make-up and pierced earrings. An animal is pushed out of a cage and falls to the floor. Huge robot-like characters attack humans and destroy property. An SUV becomes airborne and crashes into a motor home during a chase scene. Mild sexual innuendo includes suggestive moves and brief discussions. A guinea pig suffers from flatulence problems. After he passes gas, the other pigs attempt to start a blaze using a spark striker. Humans are shown with liquor at a celebration event. A pig holds a food pellet in his mouth like a cigar. Dialogue includes brief name-calling and some rude, bathroom humor jokes.

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Loved this movie? Try these books…

Can’t get enough of guinea pigs? Early chapter readers might enjoy Mariella Mystery Investigates the Ghostly Guinea Pig. Written by Kate Pankhurst, this easy read follows our intrepid sleuth as she elucidates mystery around a ghostly apparition. Rodents can also solve crimes like Sasspants. the guinea pig Private Investigator, does in the Hamster and Cheese series. Penned by Colleen A F Venable, these books for young readers pair Sasspants with her sidekick Hamisher the hamster as they solve mysteries.

Furry little rodents don’t get all the glory: even insects can get a piece of the action. Tedd Arnold’s Super Fly series relate the adventures of a boy and his pet fly. Even reluctant readers are likely to enjoy these fast-paced, laugh out loud books.

If your child wants to save the world, Stuart Gibbs Spy School series might get them off to a good start. Geared to readers in late elementary school, the Spy School series tells the story of a nerd who is recruited by the CIA to train in espionage. Drama, intrigue, misadventure, and comedy ensue. (So, sadly, does some bad language, so keep that in mind.)

Home Video

The most recent home video release of G-Force movie is November 8, 2011. Here are some details…

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