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Taps Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

A complex, violent movie for older teens only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that several of the main characters are killed in this film, mostly by shooting. One character catches on fire. The students of Bunker Hill Academy get into a fistfight with local kids who gay-bait them, calling them "queers," "fag," and "faggot." The film's graphic violence may be too much for sensitive or younger viewers. Brian's father hits him. Brian leads his peers into a siege and battle with adults, doing what he thinks is right, but with fatal consequences.

  • Families can talk about what this movie is really saying about war. What does Brian, who's only 17 himself, think war is, and how does that compare to its reality? For families with children in the service or a history of military service, this film is a great opportunity to talk about how accurate it is. What's the battle here? Is it worth dying for? What cause would you die for?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Brian follows his conscience, but his actions lead to his friends' deaths.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Some blood, a few fist fights, and several firefights.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Some brief hand-holding at a dance, but that's it.

  • language false3

    Language: Lots of swearing (including "s--t" and "ass"), as well as gay-baiting slurs.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: General Bache shares a drink with his underage proteges and talks about smoking cigars despite his doctor's warnings.