Theatrical Release: July 14, 2000
DVD Release: December 4, 2000


Based on comic book characters, the X-Men are a group of outcasts, each born with a genetic mutation that gives them extraordinary powers. Although feared and misunderstood by their fellow humans, the team has harnessed its powers for the good of mankind. But Magneto, the villainous chief mutant, wants to annihilate ordinary people and place himself in a position to rule the world. While battling Magneto and his evil henchmen, our heroes must come to grips with their physical differences and convince society that they are not the enemy.

Dove Review

The opening narration states that evolution leaps forward every few millenniums to produce new forms. This film, other than this comment and a few violent scenes, including a comment about not fearing God from one character, manages to entertain and is suitable for the family.

It is a summer-like action flick with fights, explosions, the morphing of various mutants, and great special effects. How can you go wrong with Ian McKellen playing a villain, and Patrick Stewart playing a good guy? Hugh Jackman plays his role as the powerful Logan, also known as Wolverine, very excellently. He chews up the scenery and plays edgy very nicely. The violence is comic-book style and there aren’t many if any truly scary moments.

The mutants are ostracized by others but are determined to help others which is a nice theme in this film. Of course not every single mutant feels that way, which makes this an interesting story to watch.<.p> We would encourage parents to discuss the evolution comments with their children. Otherwise, this is a nice good vs. evil story and we recommend it for ages twelve plus, and gladly award the movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: Kissing.
Language: S-1; SOB-1; H-5; D-3; G/OMG-1; Slang for testicles-1; Slang for male genitalia-1
Violence: Boy is struck with a rifle; explosions; gun shooting; threats of destruction; martial arts-type fighting - mostly comic book style, with the heroes eventually defeating the baddies; several people are killed; a man sucks a bird into his mouth with his long mutant tongue and eats it; a character puts claws through a girl when he wakes up from a nightmare and she is at his bedside to check on him; a man falls into water and rocks far below; a bullet almost goes into man's forehead but is stopped; an oficer is killed; a woman is stabbed but survives; a mutant hits a woman and a mutant is struck by lightning.
Drugs: Adult smokes a cigar a couple of times; adult drinks a beer; a shot is given to man's arm.
Nudity: The villain's female sidekick looks like a blue lizard, her body seems nude, only covered in scaly paint; shirtless man.
Other: Evolution is mentioned as fact; God is mentioned as a "teacher" and a man says not to fear God; a crude gesture in which Logan holds up his metal middle finger (claw?); a boy's parents is taken to a gas chamber during World War ll.


Company: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Writer: David Hayter
Director: Bryan Singer
Producer: Lauren Shuler Donner, Ralph Winter
Genre: Action
Runtime: 115 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter