“Batman and Harley Quinn” (Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service

Poorly conceived and produced as well as morally obtuse straight-to-video animated film from DC Comics. Tired of humans despoiling the environment, villains Poison Ivy (voice of Paget Brewster) and the Floronic Man (voice of Kevin Michael Richardson) team up to transform all animal life on Earth into plant hybrids.

After Batman (voiced by Kevin Conroy) and Nightwing (voice of Loren Lester) turn to Harley Quinn (voice of Melissa Rauch), the madcap, motley-wearing former psychiatrist and sidekick to the Joker, for help foiling the plot, director Sam Liu’s movie quickly devolves into a series of awkward and offensive situations and jokes, punctuated by harsh punch-outs.

Frequent cartoon combat violence, two suggestive sexual situations, one instance of scatological humor, occasional profane, crude and crass language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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