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The World Is Not Enough Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The hero himself has been denatured for a young, late 1990s audience with little appreciation for real suavity or sex play.

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  • 75

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    USA Today Andy Seiler

    Fans will appreciate not only that the film is predictably solid and surprisingly sharp but that parts of it are just plain bad.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 13 & under

So-so Bond entry is racy but also fun.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The World Is Not Enough is the 19th official James Bond movie, and the third with Pierce Brosnan. It contains the usual amount of shooting, chasing, explosions, and killing. One minor character commits suicide, and Bond is tortured in a sadistic chair that chokes its occupant. Bond seduces three women during the course of the movie. No nudity is shown, though we see kissing, bras and panties, and some skin. One of Bond's partners has a second partner of her own. There is some blatant sexual innuendo. Bond drinks in a few scenes, including a whiskey and a vodka martini. Language is mild, with "ass" and "hell" used. Bond uses a VISA card to open a door and drives a BMW; these are paid product placements. It's largely considered one of the weaker Bond movies, but it still has a lot of silly energy, and Bond fans young and old will definitely want to see it.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How intense is it? How many characters have to die so that Bond can save the world? Are there any consequences?
  • How are the women in this movie treated? Why are they attracted to Bond? Would any of them be interesting in a movie of their own?
  • Bond is definitely a good guy, but his methods and behavior are questionable. Is he a role model? Does he seem "cool"? Is he someone to emulate? Why or why not?
  • How much alcohol does Bond drink in this movie? Does he make drinking look cool? In real life, would it get in the way of doing spy work?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: James Bond is technically a good guy, but he destroys property, kills people, drinks alcohol, and seduces several women. In this movie, he appears to be upset about killing one particular character, but otherwise, he never really learns any lessons or changes over the course of the story.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: James Bond is a good guy, and highly trained and skilled, but he has his major drawbacks. He can kill without consequence; he actually has a license for it. And he's a fairly selfish pleasure-seeker, romancing and womanizing, drinking, and coveting the finest clothes, cars, and watches.

What to watch for
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    Violence: This movie features the usual shooting, stabbing, chases, explosions, with characters dying and one minor character committing suicide, with very little blood shown. The bad guy is said to have a bullet in his brain that affects his nerve endings; he can't feel pain. Bond is tortured, increasingly choked by a metal strip, in a sadistic chair made for that purpose. M is kidnapped and held prisoner, Bond is chased with a helicopter tree trimmer, and there's a fight aboard a submarine with a nuclear reactor. Bond shoots a woman and shows remorse.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Bond seduces three women over the course of the movie. The first is a female doctor in order to pass his physical. He goes to bed with Elektra (with kissing). Bond and Christmas have implied sex with nothing shown (and a strongly suggestive pun on her name). Elektra also has a second lover: she is seen in bed with Renard; no clothes, but nothing sensitive shown (also with kissing). In general, there's innuendo, and flirting, as well as the sexy, naked-looking silhouettes during opening titles. In one scene, Bond looks at two women through "X-ray glasses," and we see guns hidden under their clothes, plus bras and panties, but no nudity.

  • language false2

    Language: "Ass" and "hell" are heard.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Bond uses a VISA card to open a door; VISA paid for the product placement. Bond's car is shown to be a BMW.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Bond casually drinks a whiskey with ice in M's office, and a vodka martini at party.