What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the fourth installment in the popular Mission: Impossible franchise has all the hallmarks that made the previous incarnations successful: a twisty plot, a motley crew (led by Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt) on a spying mission, and lots and lots of jaw-dropping stunts and high-tech gadgetry. Expect tons of thrilling-but-violent action sequences, including assassinations and weapons that maim, bomb, and kill. The body count definitely adds up, but blood is minimal. There's also some swearing (including "s--t"), as well as some kissing and flirting, social drinking, and smoking.
- Families can talk about action movies. Does this kind of movie need violence in order to be thrilling?
- How does the filmmaker handle the violent missions? Are they glamorized? If so, what effect does this have?
- Is Ethan a role model? Why or why not?