What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Patton is an epic war movie, and a biopic about General George S. Patton Jr. It was a big hit in its day and won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It includes widescreen battlefield violence, with shooting and explosions; dead bodies and blood are shown in the aftermath. Patton has a potty mouth, though he tends to stay away from very strong language: "s--t" is heard only once. Far more common is "bastard," "goddamn," and "son of a bitch." There's also some brief innuendo, though no sexual situations. Patton smokes a cigar and occasionally drinks at military functions. The movie is a very complex mix of celebrating military strategy and excellence, but also commenting upon the evils of war, though it's apparent that Patton himself comes out looking like a hero either way. It will be a good discussion starter for mature teens.
- Families can talk about the movie's war violence. How harsh or disturbing is it? Is it thrilling? How does it compare with movies today?
- Is Patton a hero? How is he left at the end of the movie?
- When Patton makes his public apology after slapping the soldier, is it believable? Does he seem repentant, or just defeated?
- Is there anything more you would like to know about Patton after seeing this movie?