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Crooked Arrows Review

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  • 50

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    Los Angeles Times Gary Goldstein

    The result is a well-meaning checklist of a film that lacks sufficient charm or off-the-field vigor to fully score its intended goal.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Predictable from first moment to last, it does at least provide a showcase for lacrosse, a sport heretofore cinematically unexploited.

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OK for kids 11+

Inspiring sports drama about Native Americans, lacrosse.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Crooked Arrows is an inspirational sports drama about a ragtag team of Native American teen lacrosse players and their reluctant new coach. It received its PG-13 rating primarily for comedic use of the word "vagina" (seen only in subtitles), but other than that, there's not much that's iffy for younger viewers. Violence is restricted to the lacrosse field, with pushes, slams, body-checks, and falls. Some teens are injured, but very little blood is shown. There's some mild innuendo and images of sexy (but clothed) girls dancing on a bar top in a casino. Adult characters are seen with whisky in one scene. Kids and teens will learn about Native American culture, including the fact that Native Americans invented lacrosse more than 1,000 years ago.

  • Families can talk about Crooked Arrows' themes. How does lacrosse help the main character "explore his spirit"? What does he learn? Is it better to have a strong spirit than a lot of money?
  • Does the movie have a realistic standard for boys' body image? Are there any lacrosse players with less-than-perfect bodies?
  • Are the games violent? Is this kind of violence necessary in lacrosse?
  • How are Native Americans depicted in this movie? Is there any stereotyping?

The good stuff
  • message true4

    Messages: The movie celebrates community, family, and teamwork above greed and selfishness.

  • rolemodels true4

    Role models: The main character learns to set aside his greedy, scoffing, disaffected ways and begins to embrace his heritage and his community. He learns how to connect and work with others.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Sports-related hitting, pushing, slamming, and body-checking on the lacrosse field. Some teens are injured, with dislocated shoulders and broken ankles. Very little blood is shown.

  • sex false2

    Sex: The hero mistranslates a Native term, and it comes out "vagina." The teens have a lot of fun yelling this to each other (seen in subtitles) on the field. Also images of sexy, clothed girls dancing on bar tops in a casino, a male character is shown shirtless, and there's some mild innuendo.

  • language false2

    Language: "Vagina" is used fairly often but is only seen in subtitles. Also infrequent uses of "ass," "moron," "suck," "frickin'," and "wussy."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Characters occasionally mention brands like Google and iPad. A character also references "CrackBerry," the nickname for BlackBerry.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adult characters are seen with glasses of whisky in a business meeting.