Transformers: Age of Extinction parents guide

Transformers: Age of Extinction Parent Guide

While the battle scenes and even the story line aren't remarkably different from the other "Transformer" movies, this one does have one refreshing element -- an involved parent.

Overall C+

In this fourth Transformers movie, robot-repairman Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) hauls home a dusty relic only to realize he has rescued an Autobot. But such a find is dangerous in a world determined to destroy these space invaders.

Release date June 27, 2014

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

Why is Transformers: Age of Extinction rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Transformers: Age of Extinction PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language and brief innuendo.

Run Time: 166 minutes

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Parent Movie Review

Looking for a movie that is long, loud and even has a hint of a family angle? Transformers: Age of Extinction may be it. While it is still far from family friendly for young viewers, this Michael Bay film clocks in at 166 minutes. It also comes with a pounding soundtrack, continual clashes between huge robotic aliens and maybe most surprisingly, a dad who is more than just a little concerned about the length of his daughter’s shorts.

The cast has changed out in this fourth installment of the Transformer‘s franchise. Now Mark Wahlberg leads in the role of Cade Yeager, a struggling small business owner who tinkers around in his barn building and repairing robots. After hauling home another dusty relic, much to his daughter’s annoyance, Cade realizes he has rescued an Autobot. But it is a dangerous find.

Since the Autobots and Decepticons nearly destroyed Chicago during a battle four years earlier, the government has developed a special task force, headed up by Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer), to hunt down and annihilate the robotic space invaders. He’s a secretive and deceptive agent that refuses to come clean even to the President of the United States. On the side, Harold passes on the captured Transformers to Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci), an inventor who subjects them to a battery of brutal testing. As a result of his invasive actions, the industrialist has discovered the transformable molecular make-up of the aliens and is using it to create an army of human-controlled Transformers.

When Harold gets wind of Cade’s find, he sends his bounty hunters out to retrieve the machine. Dressed in stereotypical long black coats and dark sunglasses, James Savoy (Titus Welliver) and his henchmen do whatever it takes to get what they want, including holding a gun to the head of Cade and his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz). Luckily Optimus Prime (voice of Peter Cullen) transforms from the old truck into battle mode in time to save Cade, his daughter and Tessa’s boyfriend Shane (Jack Reynor). Escaping from Savoy, they hit the road to find out who is behind the new army of manmade Transformers.

The action in this film at least equals, if not exceeds, that of the first three movies with almost constant clashes between the three warring parties—Autobots, Decepticons and humans. In the clashes that follow, characters are shot, impaled, crushed and blown up in explosive attacks. Some characters engage in frequent hand-to-hand combat while others are tossed from the top of a building or shot in the chest at close range (with some blood shown). And all this 3D action is set to a rumbling score that will practically shake your seat (especially if you’ve shelled out for the enhanced sound theater).

While the battle scenes and even the story line aren’t remarkably different from the other Transformer movies, this one does have one refreshing element—an involved parent. Yes he is overbearing at times and naive about his daughter’s innocence. Still, it is good to see a father who tries to act like a dad instead of a deadbeat. He’s far from perfect but it is still a nice transformation.

Directed by Michael Bay. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci. Running time: 166 minutes. Theatrical release June 27, 2014. Updated

Transformers: Age of Extinction
Rating & Content Info

Why is Transformers: Age of Extinction rated PG-13? Transformers: Age of Extinction is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language and brief innuendo.

Violence: The movie contains ongoing depictions of violence involving robotic characters that are shot, crushed, impaled and caught in explosions. Characters engage in frequent hand-to-hand combat. A man and his daughter are threatened with guns held to their heads. A character is tossed from the top of a building. Car crashes are shown. A character is sprayed in the face with a fire extinguisher. A character is electrocuted. Fire-breathing transformers attack people. Infrequent scenes of blood (or a greenish blood-like substance) are shown. Characters experience moments of peril.

Sexual Content: Male characters make mild crude comments about women. A man talks about getting his girlfriend pregnant at high school graduation. Characters embrace and kiss. A female characters wears slightly revealing clothing. Mild sexual innuendo is included.

Language: The script contains frequent uses of scatological slang, profanities, curses and some vulgar expressions. One use of a strong sexual expletive in a non-sexual context is included.

Alcohol / Drug Use:Infrequent alcohol and cigar use are shown.

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Transformers: Age of Extinction Parents' Guide

Cade isn’t happy when it is implied his 17-year-old daughter has been having sexual relations with her 20-year-old boyfriend. However the young couple points out that their relationship is protected under the Romeo and Juliet Law in Texas. Do you think this law protects teens or encourages sexual behavior?

Although Shane says he wants to protect Tessa, there are times in the beginning of the movie where he backs off. How does Cade react differently to the defense of his daughter? Why do most parents, like Cade, want their children to be happy, healthy and safe?

Why do the humans turn on the Autobots? Can a mistaken judgment turn people against one another?

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Home Video

The most recent home video release of Transformers: Age of Extinction movie is September 30, 2014. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Transformers: Age of Extinction
Release Date: 30 September 2014
Transformers: Age of Extinction releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Video or 3D-Blu-ray/ Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Video) with the following special features:
- Bay on Action
- Evolution Within Extinction
- Just Another Giant Effin' Movie
- A Spark of Design
- T.J. Miller: Farm Hippie
- Trailers

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Other movies in this franchise include: Transformers, Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

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