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'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer' Is Best Viewed as a Kids' Movie

There are many instances in Rise of the Silver Surfer when superhero powers are played as gags and paired with a zippy cartoon score to really sell it. It's perfect for a kids movie.

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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

At the start of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, the now incorporated superheroes are negotiating endorsement contracts.

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Fantastic Four (2005)

The superpowers bring trauma, anger, and confusion, and eventually a sense of responsibility, as the crew decides to do good with what they've got.

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Fantastic Four (2005)

As Marvel comics fans already know, being zapped by a radioactive cloud in outer space alters your DNA according to your sense of self.

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Barbershop: DVD Collector's Set (2002/2004)

The Barbershop movies focus their energies on familial feelings and communal inclinations, and Cedric's wily jokes.

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Taxi (2004)

Belle is set up to work against stereotypes: athletic, aggressive, mechanically inclined, she's a black woman NASCAR fan.

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Barbershop (2002)

Barbershop's multiple charms are all sweet.

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