A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This is Greek myth, so unsurprisingly there's the good and the not so good. Gods are needy, jealous, vain, and selfish. Men have the potential to be noble, to live and die for each other, and to love each other. Perseus is both god and man, so he has both positive and negative qualities. Overall, the movie tries to give a positive message.
Positive Role Models
Perseus is the movie's major role model, and though his personal struggle between manhood and godhood never comes to much, he at least shows devotion and love to his adoptive father; he's brave and is a good problem solver, and triumphs in the almost-impossible task of defeating the Kraken. The other characters display all sorts of bad behavior, from jealousy to deception, but they are not meant to be role models. Since this is Greek myth, characters are godlike and fallible.
Violence & Scariness
Mid-level fantasy violence with lots of fighting -- including decapitation, dismemberment, and electrocution, knives, bows and arrows, swords (and sometimes biting). Most of the monsters and creatures, ranging from the giant scorpions and the huge toothy Kraken to the eyeless witches and the slithery Medusa, are pretty scary. We see some blood and charred bodies, as well as some goopy monster guts.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In one scene, Zeus climbs in bed with a mortal woman; it is suggested that they conceive a child, though hardly anything is shown. In another scene, Io tries to demonstrate to Perseus the dangers of Medusa. She attacks him from various angles and eventually lands on top of him, where they linger for a moment, touching hands and gazing into each other's eyes. Another character enters the scene and is embarrassed to find them in that position. Io wears a sexy outfit throughout, including boots and a short skirt. There is no kissing. The computer-generated Medusa is also designed to be slightly sexy.
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We hear one use each of "bastard" and "bitch," plus "damn" and "hell." at least once. It should be noted that the words "gods" and "Hades" are used frequently, but only as terms of Greek mythology.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Background characters drink wine at a celebration early in the film.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Clash of the Titans is a remake of a 1981 film about characters that kids might be familiar with from Greek mythology -- like Perseus (Sam Worthington) and Zeus (Liam Neeson). It features bigger, louder, and faster visual effects than parents might remember from the original and the 3-D effects up the action's intensity. The CGI monsters are often frightening. The movie is filled with fantasy violence, including some blood and fighting with swords or bows and arrows that sometimes result in death and dismemberment. There are a few mildly gory scenes featuring charred bodies and a decapitation. There is some very minor language ("bitch" and "bastard") and some scenes of sensuality -- with more innuendo than action. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This remake retains most of the wooden characters and stiff dialogue from the original, but also replaces the charming, old-fashioned visual effects with noisy, fast-moving, computer-generated ones. All of this fast-paced action might appeal to modern-day kids who will be more interested in the scary monsters and brutal battle scenes than the dull acting, muddled message, and poorly executed 3-D.
The Greek myths have long been a source of drama in literature and film, and this film continues in that tradition -- using the conflict between the needy, jealous, and vain gods and the more noble men as a metaphor for man's struggle with his own good and bad tendencies. Kids eat this stuff up, and though some will find the film lacking on several levels, older kids who can handle the violence and scares might be inspired to learn more about mythology and ancient history.
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