THE INCREDIBLES (2005)

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In the “Glory Days,” Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and other superheroes used their powers to protect the citizens and keep the world free from crime.  But when a series of lawsuits force all of the supers to stop their hero work and adopt their secret identities as their only identities, Mr. Incredible (Bob Parr) finds himself stuck in a miserable, dead-end job, listening to police scanners at night just to try for a little excitement.  Elastigirl (Helen) disapproves of her husband’s moonlighting hero work, because every time he gets caught, they have to uproot the family and go into hiding somewhere else.  After a moment of violent anger loses him his job at the insurance company, Bob discovers a message from a mysterious woman named Mirage who addresses him as Mr. Incredible and offers him a high paying job capturing a government-designed attack droid.  Bob tells Helen that his company is sending him to a conference, and flies off to a volcanic island to meet Mirage.  But it quickly becomes clear that there is more going on that a simple government mission.  In the end it will take all of the Incredibles–Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet (who can turn invisible and create force fields), and Dash (whose power is speed)–to take down the super villain and save the world from destruction.

This is one of my favorite movies of all time.  The characters are brilliantly imagined, the realistic family tensions weave beautifully into the superhero/action/adventure story, and the screenwriting is hilarious.  It’s a great movie for both kids and adults!

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