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X-Men: First Class

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some sexual content including brief partial nudity and language.

Reviewed by: Thaisha Geiger
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Genre:
Sci-Fi Action Drama Sequel
Length:
2 hr. 11 min.
Year of Release:
2011
USA Release:
June 3, 2011 (wide—3,400+ theaters)
DVD: September 9, 2011
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Featuring: Jennifer LawrenceRaven Darkholme/Mystique
Rose ByrneDr. Moira MacTaggert
James McAvoyProfessor Charles Xavier
Michael FassbenderErik Lehnsherr/Magneto
January Jones … Emma Frost
Jason Flemyng … Azazel
Nicholas Hoult … Hank McCoy/Beast
Kevin BaconSebastian Shaw
Zoë KravitzAngel Salvadore
Lucas TillAlex Summers/Havok
Morgan Lily … Young Raven Darkholme/Young Mystique
Oliver PlattMan in Black
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Director: Matthew Vaughn
Producer: Bad Hat Harry Productions
Donners' Company
Marv Films
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Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

“Before he was Professor X, he was Charles. Before he was Magneto, he was Erik.”

While the X-Men films aren’t the best Marvel films, the first two installments were critically and financially successful. While the third and the spin-off “Wolverine” left much to be desired. Though this prequel is not as stellar as the first two, “X-Men: First Class” is a decent prologue which helps enliven the series which began over a decade ago.

The film remakes the scene from the opening scene from the first installment where Erik, later known as Magneto, is separated from his mother and bends the camp’s metal gate before being knocked unconscious. Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) sees the chaos below through a window. Knowing Erik is a mutant, Sebastian Shaw makes the young boy his experimental pawn when he determines that Erik’s magnetic powers are unleashed through anger and pain. Years later, Erik is a bitter, vengeful man who begins to hunt down his tormentor.

On the opposite side of the world, a young Charles Xavier catches Raven, stealing food from his refrigerator. He welcomes her, and she becomes his foster sister. While he becomes successful with his study of genetic mutations, Raven (later Mystique) becomes more and more self-conscious about her image and permanently masquerades as a normal-looking human being.

As its main conflict, the film uses the 1960s Cuban missile crisis, a scheme concocted by Sebastian Shaw to have humans declare a third world war, destroying themselves while the mutants rise in total supremacy. Erik and Charles end up working together stop the evil man, both with their own purposes.

The plot is clever in how Erik and Charles meet; their blossoming friendship is believable and an important basis for the mutual, albeit strained respect they share for one another in the latter films. The film has heart to it, and seeing their evolving friendship and eventual rift were vital in setting course for their later division. Charles dreams of a world where mutants are accepted, yet Erik knows they’ll always be feared. In this regard, the film was very successful.

With that said, however, the film has too many characters and not enough background information. Since the film’s main focus was Erik and Charles the remaining characters were horridly undeveloped. Though Mystique became this film’s “Storm” in hardly using her powers, she has the second best storyline in showing how her confidence and self-acceptance grew under Erik’s vision of mutant superiority.

Most of the female characters wear very revealing clothing, especially Emma Frost. There are several outfits of very short skirts, low-cut shirts, and scenes of women in either their lingerie or bras. During a scene in Las Vegas, an agent zooms his binoculars on women wearing lingerie and then on their derrieres. The female agent later goes “undercover” in her own lingerie. During one scene, Raven is undressed in Erik’s bed in an attempt to seduce him, but he remains very respectful, and they only kiss. Once she is confident, she walks unclothed; the camera then gives a close, revolving shot from her lower back to her breast.

There’s also some sexual talk. Charles Xavier flirts with a woman and she asks him if the seduction is working, and he tells her he’ll tell her in the morning. When a mutant’s large feet are made fun of, Raven comes to his defense and says, “You know what they say about guys with big feet.” She then comments on how small the teaser’s own feet are.

Although the beginning of the film had hardly any cursing, it increases by the end of the film. In all there are at least 11 uses of profanity: 1 ahole, 4 hells, 1 d_mn, 4 GD and one character saying, “go f__k yourself”. As with the other films, evolution is discussed, saying how humans came after apes, mutants calling themselves the children of the atom, and a woman commenting how Charles believes her to be sexier than the first sea creatures.

Though the violence is a common theme throughout, it remains mostly bloodless. Several people are shot or stabbed. One man gets his hand impaled. Some shootings and the impalement happened off-screen. Two soldiers’ heads are crushed by their helmets; some CIA agents are dropped to their deaths. During an interrogation, Erik pulls out the metal filling of a bank employee. Two characters briefly get strangled. And finally, one character gets a coin sliced through his head and is later floated through the air in the posture that’s often associated with Christ and his crucifixion.

Revenge is a heavy motif of the plot, but it’s never glorified. Rather, the audience gets to see and understand what later causes the division between Charles and Erik. In becoming Magneto, Erik never gave pretenses in wanting to kill Sebastian Shaw. Knowing this, Charles begs him not to, telling him how it will not give him peace. Likewise, throughout Scripture, Christians are told to not sin in our anger and how vengeance is in God’s hands (Romans 12:17-19). In doing this, we are heeding Paul’s warning in Ephesians 4:27 to “…not give the devil a foothold.”

I’m undecided as to whether or not I liked this film and do not personally recommend it. Overall, the film quality was drastically strengthened by the vivid performances of James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. Though the other actors were talented, their characters were too limited. The film is marred, however, by some missing continuity, liberty from the comics and its objectionable content. If one still wants to see the film, I’d advise to wait until the DVD release.

Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Heavy

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Positive
Positive—Aside from the fact that this movie’s entire premise is based on the lie that man is improving as a result of the unbiblical theory of evolution, this was a pretty good action movie. It had lots of action, a minimum amount of gore, and very little profanity. There was one scene where the female characters were seen in lingerie, and another where one was supposedly naked. She wasn’t really naked though because since she’s a mutant, her being naked appears to us ordinary humans as though she is wearing a blue rubber body suit.

Unfortunately, I did hear the F-bomb dropped once, but other than that, the movie was pretty tame. The teens will love it, and it would make an excellent conversation starter on Darwin’s so called theory of evolution.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Frank, age 42 (USA)
Positive—This is a very powerful and cleverly made film, and I enjoyed many aspects of it. I was very impressed with the acting and clever storyline. It was visually pleasing and not overwhelming to the senses, because the real punch came from the narrative rather than the special effects (though these were excellent too).

I was especially pleased to see that many of the characters displayed realistic signs of their inner battles between good and evil desires. Many showed shock, repulsion, sorrow and regret at evils done, rather than delighting in suffering and seeking revenge; and where several characters held on to their desire for vengeance and gratuitous/selfish bloodshed it was made clear that this was a wrong and destructive choice.

However, this film also contains some strong violence, strong evolutionary themes and sensuality (women walking around in only underwear for long periods of time), and due to these I wouldn’t recommend for young viewers. Something I wasn’t prepared for was that from the very first moment the film delves into a Nazi concentration camp and follows a Nazi official using brutal force against a woman in order to manipulate her child. For some viewers this will be distressing.

One of the major themes is evolutionary theory, with much discussion surrounding whether genetic mutations have created better or worse forms of humanity, and whether people should accept differences or fight them. While some of the ideas presented by the bad guys and confused mutants are clearly contradictory to the Bible, I felt like the film inadvertently showed how cold, cruel and self-destructive a world based on that evolutionary-theory worldview can become. So in this way perhaps the writers have done us a favor. These are deep issues so I recommend that if parents allow their teens to see this film, then they see it too and use it as an opportunity to discuss the hope and clarity the Bible brings to questions of our origin, strengths and faults, purpose, and the struggle between good and evil which rages within each of our hearts.

Overall, my impression was “wow,” for I was thoroughly drawn into the story and the characters” struggles with themselves and whether to do the right thing by choosing compassion and forgiveness over fear and anger. Many deep and traumatic issues are touched on but I think that overall they are handled well and in a fairly realistic way. In comparison to other current movies, this one is well worth watching for discerning and established Christians, but please heed the warnings too.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Ruth, age 24 (Australia)
Positive—X-Men first class is set in a different timeline than previous X-Men movies. Most fans of the movies may be confused as to the events happening in this film, but to comic book fans its refreshing to see the storyline correct. This movie is justly rated PG-13. There are several action scenes with violence. Most cut away before the violence hits, and there is therefore no blood or gore. There is also violent scenes at the beginning and the end that are more graphic. There are a few scenes that also have strippers in little clothing and 2 scenes that cut to beds. There is also of course Mystique in her full blue body at one point. Some viewers may also have an issue with the villain character Azazel. He is very obviously meant to look like Satan, red skin, black hair, pointed red tail. (in the comic book series he is actually referred to as Beelzebub and Satan.) I honestly don’t remember any swearing in the movie but one. It was an F bomb dropped right in the most humorous part of the movie.

Overall it is a really entertaining movie, but you do have to be willing to put up with the violence.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Denielle Everson, age 27 (USA)
Positive—This was a very good addition to the X-Men franchise. It filled in a lot of back story about many of the characters, giving them more depth. It is probably not very understandable to people who have not seen the other movies (or at least the original trilogy). A major warning is that this movie included much more objectionable content than most of the others. There were many scantily clad women throughout and some very violent parts as well. Even for people who have seen the whole series, this installment goes over the top at times.

Overall I enjoyed the movie a lot, but I would caution people who are thinking of bringing children who have seen the others. If you are concerned about it, preview it. Don’t assume that it follows the same rules the other ones did.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Zach James, age 18 (USA)
Positive—To be frank, I was mildly entertained during the first X-Men film, hated the sequel, didn’t see the third and laughed when they brought out “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” My friend convinced me to go to this installment (along with the high rating from rottontomatoes.com), and I was pleasantly surprised. The CG was average, and there were a lot of really corny lines and dialogue I could have done without, but the origins of Magneto and Professor X, as well as the main plot weaving through the Cuban Missile Crisis, was enough to win me over.

I have to agree, there was quite a bit of sexual tension cluttered throughout the film; most of it being unnecessary. Some of the characters and their powers are pretty lame, too, if you ask me personally. As far as prequels go (especially those made a decade after the original), I have to say I’m impressed. Definitely a recommendation for older audiences who are fans of super hero/comic book films. If anything, it’s a good warm up for “The Green Lantern” and “Captain America.”
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Mark Bc, age 24 (USA)
Positive—If you haven’t heard the story this movie is trying to tell, please don’t read further, as I will talk a little about the story aspects of this film.

I will start off by saying I loved this movie. I have read many reviews speaking out the violence and hatred this movie puts forth. I understand that they feel there is an overwhelming focus on the darker aspect of the X-men beginnings. Overall, I don’t think there is as much as they make it sound. There has always been the darker side to the X-men, but the good has always trumped it. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Chase, age 25 (USA)
Positive—This is by far the best X-Men movie. It had a depth of feeling that the others didn’t have. Although it is a prequel, this film stands firmly on it’s own two feet; a person can easily enjoy it even if they haven’t seen the others. The acting was good, the effects and action sequences were gripping. It was definitely the best superhero movie of this summer! It was through no fault of my own that I had to wait for DVD, none of the small theaters around where I live ever played it.

I would definitely recommend this movie to adults and mature teens. There were several violent scenes that made me squirm; for example: a man gets the metal fillings ripped out of his teeth, someone’s hand gets stabbed multiple times, a coin is slowly pushed through one side of a man’s head and comes out the other side all bloody… those are the worst ones; this review would be way too long if I described every death!

There is also some sexual content… partially provided by Mystique, of course, but I thought she was a tad toned down from the other movies. Several female characters walk around in skimpy outfits, we see a man and a woman groping each other in bed. There is one f-word, but used in a way that I thought was more funny than offensive.

Anyhoo, this all sounds worse in print, but watching it along with the compelling plot and characters really makes a difference.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Kadie Jo, age 19 (USA)
Negative—This movie I have to admit was a complete let down. My uncle had bought me the box set for X-Men, and I enjoyed most of the films. But this movie unfortunately had been filled with filth and blasphemy. There were even a part when a woman went inside a stripping club. Definitely shouldn’t be rated 12's because even I wouldn't watch this tripe. I would rather read the bible or watch a christian movie with my family.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 1
—Alan, age 20 (Ireland)
Neutral
Neutral—I think this is one of the finest X-Men films in the franchise: it is action-packed, heavy with character development (the “beginnings” of Magneto and Mystique’s affection for one another are beautifully explored), and it is rare that we see such terrific chemistry between two actors—Erik and Charles are the emotional hinge from which the rest of the film swings, and their compelling friendship as it shifts and changes is really incredible to watch unfold. (Two scenes in particular brought me to tears.) Everything is well acted and developed and there is not much graphic violence, but my concern for Christian men would be the amount of scantily-clad females parading around. In addition to the usual shots of Mystique, short skirts and cleavage abound, and Emma Frost practically wears lingerie through most of the movie. It’s a shame because in my humble opinion it’s the best movie I’ve seen so far this summer.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Charity, age 28 (USA)
Neutral—True to the previous X-Men films, the language is not what I would want my kids to hear. There are at least two GD’s and one gratuitous f-word—a bit much for this rating. The moral struggles are true to life, apart from the obvious, fictitious setting. The dress is, as mentioned, dishonoring for women. There is nothing inherently “good” about movies such as these—they are what they are. To be truly noble, a movie must inspire the upcoming generation to be better, more honorable, and better capable of speaking more than four-letter words. Professor X is painted as such a character, but we can do without the sharp contrast in sight and language on the bad-guy side, since we already see this in real life.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—D Holland, age 44 (USA)
Neutral—X-Men: First Class brings yet another Marvel Comics genre film into the theater. As a sci-fi film it has all the aspects of a thrilling plot designed to captivate the teenage audience with special effects, power struggles between good and evil, mutant gene transformations and demonstrations of super powers.

Biblically, there are some minor issues with the evolutionary posture of the film but nothing which either promotes it or brings it into a mainline theme. The moral aspects of changing one’s outside appearance (perhaps taking a hit at cosmetic surgery?) is challenged by Dr. Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult) who tries to lure Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) into injecting herself with a chemical to make her look “normal”. She refuses and the plan goes backfires when Hank finds himself more mutant than before. Supernatural powers of telekinesis, mind control and levitation among others are replete in this film. It reminds me a bit of the Harry Potter films but these particular characters have these powers through mutant transformation rather than witchcraft.

There are some scenes which I would find offensive for teenage boys such as the parading of lingerie clad women through a Las Vegas club for men (to be used as prostitutes). A bedroom scene where a Russian officer fondles the projected image of Emma Frost (January Jones). There is no nudity however and when I queried a 13 yr old boy who saw the film he said, “Aw they just wore bikinis.” Such as it is I would suggest parents bringing their younger teenage children to the film to have them close their eyes during these scenes.

Violence is somewhat graphic—including the stabbing of a man’s hand into a table. There is no serious depiction of blood in these scenes. The film has lots of thrilling parts and makes a good “ride”—a real thrilling experience for any movie goer.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Mike Hause, age 58 (USA)
Neutral—It was, for the most part, entertaining, with the cinematic quality, and seeing other new mutants in this film with different abilities. Interesting to see the different relationships the main characters had with each other when they first met.

However, I must say there is a contradiction between “X-Men: First Class,” and “X-Men: The Last Stand.” In the third X-Men movie, in the prologue, it shows Charles Xavier walking, which means it was not that long ago before he was crippled. But in the latest installment, it shows that Charles is crippled when he is still a young man. The acting isn’t the best I’ve seen, and I wish they hadn’t thrown in the strip club scene or any of the sexual bits, but, aside from that, it was, overall, a nice movie to see.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Karl Urbahn, age 21 (New Zealand)
Neutral—This was not the best of the X-Men films. It had more scantily clad women than is necessary for this type of movie. The writer used this instead of a good story which made it almost unwatchable. Save your money; rent it so you can fast forward through the bad parts.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Reba, age 40+ (USA)
Negative
Negative—I felt that the reviewer did a good job in describing this film. But I wanted to add my two cents and stress to you all what I found negative about this movie. There was a palatable evil that I felt while watching this movie’s many scenes of violence. Perhaps there was not a lot of blood and gore, but the wickedness and malevolence was undeniably strong. It was as though the producer took great pleasure in making the killing scenes as disturbing as possible. I felt very uncomfortable in my seat and kept thinking of the verse, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes” (Psalm 101:3). I felt foolish that I had paid good money to gaze at such wickedness.

Also, I found the scenes with the women prostituting themselves to be very negative. It’s a shame that Hollywood cannot make a movie without glorifying sex and violence, and it’s a shame that I did not have better judgment. I wish I would have just stayed home.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Rena, age 45 (USA)
Negative—The first 2/3rds of the movie I found myself closing my eyes more than they were opened, or at least close to it. I found myself fighting the emotional/spiritual pull of the audience during the suggestive scenes. I wish lust and violence was never introduced into the world, but I guess I can’t do anything about the past, and I’m not God.

The movie did answer some questions about the X-Men, but does it really matter? Where are the movies that release a peaceful spirit? Where are the people that walk with God? Probably not in a theater.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Jeremy, age 24 (USA)
Negative—MAJOR SPOILERS IN MY REVIEW. READ KNOWING THIS PLEASE. This movie should had been named: “MAGNETO” or better; “Magneto’s love story with hate.” ALL the previous X-Men films bespoke of friendship, camaraderie and humanity, and the best positive traits associated with these basic qualities, and these films contained the positive traits which define the X-Men… and what makes them attractive and engaging—for me, at least. “First Class” seriously lacks these good qualities. And it replaces all that was good, moral or engaging with the X-Men franchise with only one thing; Magneto’s hate. more »


My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Sasson Solomon, age 36 (Israel)
Negative—I am an X-MEN fan! I have always loved he story lines and characters. Some have been better than others in plot, but I found that the “plot” to this one is somewhat hidden by unnecessary content in the film. My husband and I are strong Christians, with even stronger values. We both come from backgrounds we are not proud of, but are now serving God to our fullest.

My husband said that he still has no clue what this movie was about, because he refuses to watch female nudity or seductive inappropriate women, and, as a result, had to turn away for the majority of the film. There is so much junk in the film. Why the strip clubs? Why the sex and nudity? It is irrelevant to the plot! I am saddened with the types of movies that are made because “sex sells”.

In short, not a movie for any God-following Christian, who is truly wanting to live a life for God and not put lustful things in front of them.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2½
—Angel, age 26 (USA)
Negative—I went to see this movie with my teenage brother and cousin. I had us step out of the theater twice, leaving the second time before anything had really been accomplished. I suppose I should have expected the issues that arose, based on today’s movie-making standards and what I saw in the last X-Men movies. However, I was shocked at the amount of sin.

I expected the violence to be bad, however, the nudity and immorality of the film really “turned my boat,” so to speak. I apologized to the boys, and to God for having been so ignorant and allowing such perversions into my mind.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Jakob Corona, age 23 (USA)
Negative—Any movie that uses GD even one time is very offensive. There is no need in this word ever being used in a movie. Especially a movie intended for kids.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: ½
—D Moss, age 42 (USA)
Negative—In “X-Men First Class,” one character ponders taking an injection to hide her mutant appearance so she can be normal, but instead takes up the mantra “mutant and proud”. When discovered as a mutant, another character quips “you didn’t ask, so I didn’t tell”. Time and again, the events in this film are framed so that the audience sympathizes with the mutants, and draws parallels with the real life “intolerance” and “persecution” of homosexuality.

Reading the comments on this site and seeing how nobody even commented once on this blatant propaganda is very disconcerting. X-Men is not a cute little sci-fi superhero movie; it’s a film with an agenda. The people involved with the X-Men films have even publicly stated that these allegories are entirely purposeful. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Adam, age 29 (USA)
Negative—I had high hopes for “X-Men First Class,” but I was shockingly disappointed and horrified. Besides the profanity and blasphemy, which is bad enough, what drove the final nail in the coffin for me was the complete disrespect and objectification of women in the film. January Jones (who has stumbled far from “Love’s Enduring Promise”) was dressed in lingerie through the entire film. Rose Byrne (who played Moira) had on too-short skirts and stripped to her lingerie for part of the movie. Many women in a strip club (prostitution) were shown parading around in lingerie. Even normal clothing was too revealing. I don’t remember one single woman dressed respectably, at all. You’d think they could find one female mutant (other than Mystique) who wasn’t found in a strip club (I think it was an entirely different one than the other shown, as well, but I’m not sure.). It’s completely unnecessary and dishonoring.

I don’t know how any Christian could rate this film as positive, given how thoroughly the film blasphemes against God and turns women into sexual things to be ogled, fondled, and used. I feel so sorry for the women who chose to be in this film. I remember one comment from a young person that was something like, “They were just in bikinis.” My thought on that is, 1. Does that make it okay? What, really, is the difference? and 2. Given that thought, is it really okay to look at women in bikinis? I don’t think bikinis are okay, but not all of them are made with the idea of sexualizing women (even though they pretty much do), but lingerie is made with that in mind. Please honor God, your wives, sisters, mothers, etc. And refuse to see this film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Amy, age 37 (USA)
Comments from young people
Negative—I was so excited for this movie that I went with my friend at midnight when it came out. At first, I really enjoyed it, but, as it continued, I began to feel very convicted for watching it. I honestly did not even enjoy it. They took the Lord’s name in vain multiple times and that really offends me! Also, there were many strip club scenes that made me very uncomfortable. If I could go back in time, I would stand up and walk out of the theater right when it took the Lord’s name in vain the first time.

Truly, I hate knowing that I chose to sit through it and finish it, instead of walking out and taking a stand for Christ. After the movie, my friend completely agreed with me and even continued feeling guilty the next morning. Basically, I would not recommend for anybody to see this movie. The moral offensiveness completely outweighs the moviemaking quality… it isn’t worth spending money on.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Erin Dee, age 16 (USA)
Positive—I enjoyed the first four X-Men films, though they seemed to decrease in quality with each installment. Needless to say, I was less than encouraged to view this film by the trailers depicting bright blue-and-yellow suits. After hearing positive reviews from friends who saw the film, my father and I decided to go. Walking into the theater, I was hesitant about “X-Men: First Class,” but I soon found it to be a drastic improvement from the last two films, including a more entertaining plot, character development you actually care about, and a longer run-time that prevents it from being the jumbled mess that was “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Andrew, age 14 (USA)
Positive—My sister and I went to go view “X-Men: First Class” the week it came out, because we are huge MARVEL fans. We both knew (judging from the first films) that we would disagree with some of the film’s content. There are several questionable things Emma Frost (one of the characters) does during the course of the film, including several strip club scenes with scantily dressed women. My sister and I both turned our heads during these scenes.

I do not remember too much cursing (probably because it was spread throughout the film). I do know the f-bomb was dropped once during the movie. I was very happy to see Mystique was dressed, unlike the first several films. I do not believe this film was any more offensive than the others.

Overall, I loved the film! It had humor, action, and an awesome story line! I think this movie is okay for teens and adults who are able to separate fact from fiction and turn there heads during inappropriate scenes. I would not suggest younger audiences to view this film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Marisa, age 13 (USA)
Positive—This movie was really good. I saw this with my brother and my friend. We all thought it was the best out of all the X-Men! The language is kinda bad, but, besides that, it’s an awesome movie!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Noah, age 13 (USA)