What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fantasy comedy starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is generally age-appropriate for young tweens and up. Like most family comedies featuring action stars, there's some rude language that you won't want your kids repeating (mostly insults like "shut up" and "fool") and violence -- in this case, players slamming into each other during hockey games (in one scene, a player ends up with a missing tooth). But also as expected, The Rock's surly character ultimately transforms into a sweet guy who believes in the power of dreams.
- Families can talk about the movie's messages about dreams and fantasy. Is there a middle ground between Derek's dream-killing stance and someone whose dreams might seem far out of reach?
- Derek relies on his tough-guy persona and good looks. Is this a negative role model for boys and young men?
- Is the action-star-in-a-family-comedy genre predictable? Did you knowgenerally what would happen at the end? Was the happy ending lesssatisfying because it was so obvious?