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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
THX's strictly controlled society is disturbing.
Violence & Scariness
Physical fighting, electrical pole prodding, and an extended car chase.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nudity and depiction of sexual intercourse.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
People are forced to take drugs by the government.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is a science-fiction film taking place in a future where the government controls human reproduction by banning sexual intercourse. A character watches naked male and female holograms dancing on a viewing console. Nude characters are also shown having sex. Robot cops prod men with poles that seem to electrically shock them. Physical skirmishes take place in the detention center among prisoners. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
George Lucas produced this film as a short while attending film school; his visionary depiction of a future world is striking, and contains some elements that definitely pop up in his later work. With the help of Francis Ford Coppola and the success of his previous work on more commercial films, Lucas was able to expand THX 1138 into a full-length feature film. Demonstrating his early interest in science fiction, the film is much slower and more thoughtful than Lucas's later Star Wars (1977), its sequels, and its prequels.
While certainly an interesting allegory and interesting to look at, THX's lack of character development will leave viewers feeling cold and empty, kids will find it boring due to its slow pace, and it will most likely appeal to die-hard Lucas fans only.
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