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Bottom Line: A fresh and insightful take on the superhero idea, this movie is not only excellent, but a lot of fun.

The Gist: Three teen boys are changed by a mysterious rock and begin to develop superpowers. They do what teen boys do: Sports, but superenhanced. Girls, but with new ways of impressing them. And acting out against authority, which has a new dimension. Something that starts out fun, almost a lark, becomes deadly serious as each young man must decide if the powers make him a hero or a villain. Read our full review.

The Verdict: Absolutely watch it (but see caveat below). This is one of the best movies of 2012 so far.

Be Aware: Rated PG-13, the film has some language and intense action. Teen drinking is shown and not necessarily as a bad thing. Also shown, but not graphically, is the attempt of a teen character to lose his virginity. This is considered a good thing in the movie. Unfortunately, it may rule out an otherwise outstanding film for some families. (Or could be a reason to use the ff button on the remote.)

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