What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the first movie in the subtitled Swedish trilogy based on Stieg Larsson's best-selling books), this film is not for kids. It has lots of violent sequences, including those in which characters are beaten, burned, shot, buried alive, captured, and tortured. Women are brutally attacked, though they do fight back heroically. There are also several explicit sexual scenes (both opposite-sex and same-sex), with partial and full-frontal female nudity. The story involves sex trafficking and the abuse of power, specifically against women. On top of all this, there's some swearing ("f--k" and "s--t" etc.), graphic sexual language, and the lead character is a chain smoker.
- Families can talk about your reaction to the movie's violence and brutality. What purpose do you think they serve? Would the movie have been as effective without them?
- The phrase "you can't tell a book by its cover" could apply to Lisbeth Salander. What did you learn about appearance versus reality from this movie?
- If you've read the book this movie is based on, how did you feel about the movie version? What did you miss? If you haven't read the book, did seeing this movie make you want to read it?
- The staff of Stockhom's Millenium magazine, led by Mikael Blomqvist, are courageous journalists with a profound sense of right and wrong. Which newspapers and/or magazines that you've read live up to these standards?