Guardians of the Galaxy

Theatrical Release: August 1, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy


An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Dove Review

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is the latest movie installment of Marvel comic book characters, and it features the now standard Stan Lee cameo. As usual, it is funny. Let’s just say it has to do with Stan doing a bit of flirting. Young Peter Quill stands by the death bed of his mother and, grief stricken, can’t bring himself to hold her extended hand to him. Later, many years later, we catch up with the adult Peter (Chris Pratt), and he is pursued relentlessly after he takes a powerful orb, which is desired by Ronan, a villain with evil intentions. Peter can be a noble character but can’t seem to get past his mother’s death and how he didn’t accept her extended hand. He winds up with some unusual companions, including Rocket, a raccoon with an attitude, and Groot, a tree-like creature that, no matter what question is thrown to him, can only reply, “I am Groot”. It becomes a running joke in the film.

Sadly, despite dazzling special effects, the movie features almost non-stop violence, with several characters being Tasered, as well as many shootings and aerial and space battles, punching and kicking, and…well, you get the idea. In addition, there is the use of strong language many times in the film. Action movies can be great, but this one has so much action and violence throughout that it gets boring. At any rate, this movie cannot receive our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal due to the violence and language issues in the content.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A "booty" comment; a close-up of a woman's rear; a song about making love; sexual innuendo.
Language: G-2; For G's sake-1; J-1 (possibly another one that was mumbled); D-4; Geez-1; H-6; S-2; Bas*ard-1; Bi*ch-2; P-1; Crap-2; Pr*ck-1; A-4; Slang for male genitalia-3; Wh*re-1; Frickin-1; Friggin-1; Butts-2; Fool-1; Imbecile-1; Jerks-1; Vermin-1; Gargoyle-1; Idiot-5; Shut up-1; Stupid-1; Turdy-1; Slang for female genitalia-2; a "scrotum" comment.
Violence: A lot of violence throughout including many characters being tasered; characters are shot with alien guns; constant explosions and fires; aerial and space battles; blood seen on character's face; guns held on characters; shoving between characters; kicking and punching; a raccoon character is thrown against the wall; alien's arm is cut off; blood seen on woman from her wound; a tree-like creature puts a branch through a character's nose; knife held to human's throat; man is hit with object; it's said a woman's parents had been killed in front of her; a few character's faces are burned and become distorted; a man is slapped; arrow held to character's throat; a woman is blasted with alien shot.
Drugs: Drinking.
Nudity: Woman wearing short shorts; mild cleavage; shirtless man.
Other: A character uses his middle finger to flip character off; a character spits; a comment about petty theft; a man vomits up fluid; some take life cheaply; a few jump scenes.


Company: Disney
Writer: James Gunn & Nicole Perlman
Director: James Gunn
Producer: Kevin Feige
Genre: Action
Runtime: 121 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter