What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this gratuitous, over-the-top 3-D action/adventure movie starring Nicolas Cage is packed with grindhouse-style violence, as well as intense/graphic sexual situations, nudity, and language -- all of which is ratcheted up by the 3-D presentation. Things get even iffier when you consider that the "hero" is an escapee from Hell, there's violence against women, and the movie has mages of an infant in danger. In other words? Not for kids!
- Families can talk about the movie's extreme violence. How do you think the filmmakers hope audiences will react to it? Why do you think that?
- How does the movie portray women? Piper seems to be a strong, self-sufficient character, but what is the movie's attitude toward her? Toward other women? Are there stereotypes here?
- The movie has several sexual situations and images of nudity. Are they gratuitous or essential to the movie's plot and/or mood?