What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie based on the graphic novel by Dave Stevens can get pretty violent. There are plenty of car chases, aviation disasters, gun fights, and explosions. A mobster holds a character's head close to a restaurant grill, but doesn't cause injury. The bad guys are killed off mainly by gunfire, with the exception of the two nastiest characters who are burned to death. There's some mild language (mostly "damn" and "hell") and sexual content too as a drugged heroine is revived and (unsuccessfully) seduced in the villain's bedroom. Kids will get a bit of a history lesson with the movie's depictions of Howard Hughes and W. C. Fields and a classic newsreel shown in a theater.
- Families can talk about action movies as a genre. What makes for a good action film? Are they limited in any way?
- How is Jenny like most damsels in distress in action movies? How is she different?
- Families who enjoy the Iron Man movies can compare them to this film. How are the heroes different?