What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Expendables will definitely appeal to teens (and, frankly, boys of all ages) thanks to a cast filled with living action legends like Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. But since it's filled with over-the-top action violence -- including shootings, stabbings, severed limbs, spurting blood, explosions, and burning bodies -- it's not age-appropriate for younger viewers. There's also some violence against women, and language is strong (including both "f--k" and "s--t"), though not constant. Drugs are a key part of a subplot, and one character has a drug problem, even though viewers never see any drugs consumed. Other characters smoke cigars, pipes, and cigarettes. It has perhaps the most impressive action cast ever assembled for a movie, including some living legends, and so it will be irresistible to boys of all ages.
- Families can talk about the film's violence. How did it affect you? What impact did it have?
- What did Barney learn over the course of the movie? Did any of the other Expendables share his journey? Are they heroes? Why or why not?
- Many of the characters in the film smoke. How does this make them look? Do they seem cool? Do you think that was the intent?
- The movie features some violence against women. What is the movie's attitude toward this kind of violence?