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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Solid effort weighed down by bloodshed.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that medieval graphic violence dominates this film, and that there are some particularly gory moments. The film opens with a painful torture scene, and later a man is burned to death. A man knifes his unsuspecting cousin, an illegitimate (and angry) half-brother appears, a painful childbirth scene (implied caesarian), a hanging, villages are destroyed, innocent children are threatened, explosions, a beloved character dies, and one nearly drowns. There is also an attempted rape, and a scary, creepy witch.

  • Families can talk about how Robin Hood's choices are often between the lesser of two evils. Do two wrongs ever make a right? (For example, robbing the rich to feed the poor?) How does the Merry Men's opinion of social justice change throughout the course of the film? What are the class distinctions, how are they portrayed, and how are characters treated due to how they are perceived by others? How does Azeem respond to the racial and religious intolerance he encounters? Other topics include the treatment of women, appropriate use of violence, and how the word "savage" is used in the film.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Both positive and negative role models, positive role models make decisions which, out of context, are not good.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Gory swordfights, hangings, firebombing of villages, basic medieval graphic violence.

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    Sex: Attempted rape, Sheriff orders his servants to sleep with him.

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    Language: No modern swearing used.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Friar Tuck is an alcoholic, praises beer more than God.