A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A main character depends on violence to solve problems. The MI6 people aren't exactly warm and cuddly, and they force Alex into service. A character is senselessly killed.
Violence & Scariness
Guns, shooting, fighting, and explosions throughout. A man with two guns (pointed into the camera) assassinates a character, although we don't see the impact. A character is killed for making a simple mistake. Many scenes of peril, including car and motorcycle chases, skydiving, and careening off buildings, although no blood is shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild flirting between teens.
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A couple of "hecks."
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Products & Purchases
Nintendo, BMW, Mini-Cooper, zit cream, a fountain pen that shoots sodium pentathol, reference to Hogwarts.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking among adult characters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is fine for tweens overall (despite lots of violent material) and will appeal to kids who've read the popular book series it's based on. It's fairly tame when it comes to sex and language, but the violence is pretty intense for a PG-rated film. There are guns, shooting, and explosions throughout, as well as scenes of peril and action (involving airplanes, motorcycles, horses, cars, and boats). No blood is shown. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
If James Bond had taken up spying as a teen, his adventures probably would have looked a lot like this action-packed movie based on the popular Alex Rider books by Anthony Horowitz. There's plenty of action and violence, but no blood is shown, making this an acceptable film for tweens who aren't overly sensitive. The film should be especially appealing to kids who've read the popular book series it's based on.
As Alan Blunt, head of MI6's Special Operations Division, Bill Nighy is a scene-stealer, but Mickey Rourke gives a rather uninspiring turn as the bad guy.
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