What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the main characters in this subtitled drama are young (some don't look older than 10), impoverished gangsters in Rio de Janeiro who commit frequent acts of bloody violence. Along with wrestling and fighting, there's shooting (with both handguns and automatic weapons), standoffs, and ambushes in the streets; one gang burns down a woman's house because she's related to an enemy. There are several sex scenes, but they're brief and blurry (movement is obvious, but nudity is muted). Girls wear bikinis on the beach, and boys comment on their looks. Language includes frequent uses of "f--k" and other profanity. Characters smoke cigarettes and marijuana and drink liquor.
- Families can talk about the movie's messages. What is it saying about the criteria -- aside from chronology -- that make someone an adult? How do Wallace and Ace learn to be good "men"? Does the film offer hope that the friends can escape from the violence of their childhoods? Do you think that's an accurate reflection of real life?