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  • 38

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    Chicago Tribune

    The cast is quite good. But Peaceful Warrior, which is basically "The Karate Kid" with a bigger kid and a bigger mentor, represents a journey of predictability, rather than a destination worth the trouble.

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  • 58

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    Entertainment Weekly Scott Brown

    In the ranks of improbable gymnastics coaches, Nick Nolte falls just below the cartoon version of Mr. T.

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  • 63

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Sometimes in an imperfect movie there is consolation simply in regarding the actors.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Strong performances by Scott Mechlowicz as Millman and Nick Nolte as the mysterious mechanic who changes his life ground the film in effective drama.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Like Karate Kid -- without the karate.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although the content in this inspirational sports drama is fairly mild -- the hero parties a lot and sleeps with a string of women in the beginning but eventually transforms his life -- it won't be interesting to most kids and tweens. It's better suited to teens who are prone to thinking about self discovery and analysis. The somewhat-New Agey tale is based on a true story and deals with big issues like inner emptiness and the meaning of life -- not exactly light entertainment.

  • Families can talk about the goal of inspirational "mentor" tales. What do movies and TV shows that follow this kind of storyline have in common? Who are they trying to reach? Why do you think so many involve sports? Families can also discuss Socrates' sometimes-mixed messages about drinking, fighting, health and discipline, and being "in the moment." A lot of these points are alluded to in other martial-arts flicks, but they're often lost in a fog of kung-fu fighting. Do you think this film's non-violent approach is more effective?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Through mentoring, Dan evolves from a cocky, disrespectful guy with an appetite for casual sex, junk food, and drink into a better person. Socrates demonstrates compassion for difficult people and even refuses to fight his way out of a robbery. (But some of Socrates' stunts -- like sitting in the rafters of a gym -- shouldn't be emulated.)

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Dan suffers a leg fracture from a car accident in a clinical close up. He also gets a mild taste of Socrates' martial-arts skills, but the older man later refrains from using violence in an alley brawl and mugging.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Glimpses of the hero in bed with assorted girls (suggestive of his manly jock status on campus).

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: A big plug for Texaco gas, and there's a natural tie-in with the books (and seminars) of author Dan Millman.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking. To Dan's surprise, Socrates doesn't abstain (which one might expect of a mentor type).