Pause for kids 15 & under
Bloody, fanboyish retelling of an ancient battle.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is no Masterpiece Theater rendition of ancient history. Like Sin City, 300 is an ultraviolent tale based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller. There's blood galore as the Spartans -- trained war machines -- defend their land against Xerxes' massive Persian army. Battlefield valor and violence is glorified by the Spartans, who take no prisoners and show no mercy. Heads literally roll, blood splatters, exotic animals are sliced and speared. Many, many soldiers on either side die gruesomely. If on-screen death and war -- even one so stylized and cartoonish at times -- is too disturbing a subject matter for your kids (or you!), this bloodfest isn't a safe bet.
- Families can talk about the Spartans' upbringing and values. Why are 7-year-olds forced to fight each other -- and adults?
- Xerxes offers Leonidas what sounds like a sweet deal; why does the king, facing certain death, turn it down?