Adventure


A-X-L


MPAA Rating:
PG
Genre:
Adventure
Runtime:
100 mins
Stars:
Thomas Jane, Becky G, Alex Neustaedter
Director:
Oliver Daly
Producer:
David S. Goyer, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg, Kevin Turen, Richard S. Wright

Content at a Glance

2
Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
2
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
2
Other

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


some lingering kissing shots; scenes with sexual tension

Language


h*ll, god, sh*t (partially heard)

Violence


motorcycle crashes; a-x-l (the robotic dog) attacks several people; a-x-l is abused/attacked multiple times, weapons are used to threaten.

Drugs


multiple scenes of implied underage drinking

Nudity


sara is often seen in revealing clothes, as are other girls; guys are seen shirtles.

Other


miles and sara gleefully steal from a gas station and an atm with a-x-l’s help.


Trailer



Synopsis

A-X-L is a top-secret robotic dog who develops a special friendship with Miles and will go to any length to protect his new companion.


Movie Message

Dogs have been man’s best friend for eons. It’s only natural that the military would choose the faithful dog as a model for the expensive attack robot nicknamed A-X-L. After Miles (Alex Neustaedter) and Sara (Becky G.) find the runaway robo-dog, the teens find themselves in the center of some unwanted attention—part high-school drama, part aggressive-military intervention. Imbued with self-sacrificial love for his owner, A-X-L plays a convincing role as he protects Miles and Sara from these jealous and possessive enemies.

A-X-L’s storyline is classic but compelling. Two restless teens find a dog that challenges them to grow in the midst of peril as only a faithful hound can. It’s natural for audiences to fall in love with a noble pooch on-screen as it exhibits undying faithfulness to the people it trusts. But this time, the audience is presented with an aggressive looking hunk of metal that only thinks it is a dog. If treated with kindness, A-X-L becomes playful and affectionate. If mistreated, he becomes scared and aggressive. Of course, animals should be treated with kindness and respect, but is A-X-L a real dog?

A-X-L steps right up to its PG boundary and may even venture outside it at times. Expect mild swearing, scenes of action and violence, revealing clothing, lingering kisses, occasional partying with implied underage drinking, and some illegal activity—such as stealing—which is not followed by negative consequences. There are positive elements as well: Miles and Sara want to do the right thing and develop more integrity as the film progresses. Still, A-X-L is a risky bet for younger children, so please be sure to scan the content grid before you go. Dove.org awards A-X-L the 12+ Dove Seal of Approval but does so with caution.

The Dove Take

Though pushing the limits of PG, A-X-L provides a thrilling and relevant coming-of-age story where a robotic dog helps Miles realize what is worth fighting for.

For Ages 12 And Over

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