Iron Man 3

Theatrical Release: May 3, 2013
Iron Man 3


Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of Tales of Suspense (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with The Invincible Iron Man (#1) in May of 1968.

Dove Review

The first two “Iron Man” movies did not receive our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal, in both cases because of language and in the second film in the series, due to the content in the sex, language and violence areas. It is exactly the same this time. The sex, language and violence categories hit a rating of three or above which prevents it from being considered “family friendly” by Dove. I personally enjoyed Iron Man much more in “The Avengers” movie which was, by the way, Dove approved.

I found the plot to be a bit difficult to follow in parts. There is much going on–too much in actuality. It didn’t seem to settle down into a rhythm or continue to build toward a climax. Instead there were lots of explosions, fighting and angst throughout the movie with brief interludes of calm. Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) becomes more of a heroine in this one which is a nice twist and the villain, the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), was an interesting bad guy but unfortunately he is not in the movie enough. In fact, we get a bit of a surprise by movie’s end regarding the villain. Despite a lot of action the content and out-of-control plot devices featuring constant action and destruction work against this movie. No Dove Seal from us on this one.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: An unmarried couple is living together and the woman suggests to her boyfriend they take a shower together; kissing by a couple; a man is seen with two women in bed.
Language: GD-1; G/OMG-6; D-5; A-4; H-3; H (as a place)-1; P/PO-2; Slang for male genitalia-2; Slang for female genitalia-1
Violence: A lot of violence; explosions including a helicopter explosion; a scarecrow is set on fire; fights; man with a bloody lip; man with bloody face; car crashes; gun fire; a cop is killed; a kid elbows a man; man shot; man grabs woman's throat; a man's arm is cut off.
Drugs: Several drinking scenes; party scenes.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless men; an image of a bunny with breasts.
Other: Deceit; disrespect.


Company: Paramount
Writer: Drew Pearce & Shane Black
Director: Shane Black
Producer: Kevin Feige
Genre: Action
Runtime: 130 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter