Film Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Of the many—many, many—problems with Paramount’s 2014 reboot of ’90s childhood staple Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the most damning was the fact that it just plain didn’t know what it was or who it was for. It had all-too-rare glimmers of the goofiness that defined its source material paired with Michael Bay-esque action spectacle (Bay produced both Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot films, and it shows) and a weirdly sexual vibe exemplified by a frankly horrifying moment where surfer bro turtle Michelangelo comments under his breath that April O’Neil gives him an erection.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows knows what it is, and what it is is stupid. So hey, kudos for settling on something.

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