Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem parents guide

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Parent Guide

With its distinctive animation style and lots of pop-culture jokes, this film will keep fans in their seats.

Overall B-

Theaters: After years of living in the sewers, four mutant turtle brothers try to join the human world and protect New York City from an army of angry mutants.

Release date August 2, 2023

Violence C
Sexual Content A
Profanity B
Substance Use A-

Why is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem rated PG? The MPAA rated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem PG for sequences of violence and action, language and impolite material

Run Time: 99 minutes

Parent Movie Review

When a sample of mysterious mutagenic ooze slips into a New York City sewer grate it finds plenty of material to work with – namely, four baby turtles and a rat. The rat, now called Splinter (Jackie Chan), is distrustful of humans, so he teaches the turtles, Leonardo (Nicolas Cantu), Raphael (Brady Noon), Donatello (Micah Abbey), and Michelangelo (Shamon Brown Jr.) martial arts he learned on the internet. The turtles, in turn, are excellent students and quickly pick up a dangerous set of skills. The problem? They’re teenagers.

As if raising mutant ninja turtles weren’t difficult enough, Splinter must to manage their desire to get out of their cozy sewer and see the human world. On a grocery run, they meet aspiring reporter April O’Neil (Ayo Edebiri), who’s working to track down an elusive criminal called Superfly (Ice Cube). With the turtles’ help, she could blow the story open, and the turtles could use the publicity to be accepted as heroes in the human world at large – if they survive, that is.

The hard-shelled buddies are facing two serious problems. First, it turns out that dangerous criminals tend to be, well, dangerous. Second, the corporation that created the mutagenic ooze in the first place is interested in getting their property back. Even if that property consists of four sentient turtles and a lonely rat…

This movie has been hugely successful in grabbing on to the “teenage” part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The protagonists are a bunch of fast-talking, impatient, unstable, and vaguely feral critters who’ve taken up crime fighting as an extracurricular activity, and they’re actually pretty endearing. I’m curious if actual teenagers would feel the same way, or if this is just my ancient conception of what the youth are like these days – the theater audience seemed mostly to consist of kids; not teens.

I think the demographic this production is aiming for is early teens and pre-teens, maybe a few younger kids scattered around for variety. The content certainly suits a younger group, since apart from a little mild cussing and some sub-Marvel levels of violence, there’s not much for parents to worry about. There are some frightening moments, but the film doesn’t take itself very seriously and even the scarier scenes are full of comic relief.

I had more fun than I expected with this family flick. I figured it would be another mediocre, high-speed kids’ cartoon and I’d spend the runtime vaguely irritated – not so. This production boasts a fun art style, distinctive visual aesthetic, and dynamic animation with a textured feel. Along with some excellent voice acting, this makes Mutant Mayhem a pretty good time even for us old fogeys in the audience – provided we can keep up with roughly four thousand pop-culture references per hour.

Directed by Jeff Rowe, Kyler Spears. Starring Ayo Edebiri, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen. Running time: 99 minutes. Theatrical release August 2, 2023. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem rated PG? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is rated PG by the MPAA for sequences of violence and action, language and impolite material

Violence: Characters are frequently beaten up in hand-to-hand fighting or knocked around in explosions. An individual is accidentally and non-seriously stabbed. Characters are electrocuted and subjected to involuntary and dangerous medical procedures.
Sexual Content: None.
Profanity: There are frequent uses of terms of deity and very mild profanities.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Alcohol is seen in some background shots.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Parents' Guide

What motivates the turtles in their crime-fighting activities? How are they treated by the rest of the world? How does your culture treat people who look different or have unusual abilities?

What do you think would be the most fun part about being a ninja turtle? The most difficult? How do you think you would behave in their situation?

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In Murder Most Unladylike, Robin Stevens relates the adventures of Daisy and Hazel, schoolgirls who set up their own secret detective society.

Agatha Oddly: The Secret Key follows young Agatha, a zealous fan of fictional sleuth Hercule Poirot, as she tries to figure out how to save the City of London. The book si written by Lena Jones.

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