A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Themes of vigilante justice and revenge when the justice system fails.
Positive Role Models
When not using his extrasensory abilities to fight crime, lead character works for a small law firm that represents clients they know to be innocent, often free of charge.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent action movie violence. Superheroes battle supervillains with punches, kicks, martial arts, throwing stars, swords, canes, pool sticks. Thrown trident goes all the way through a hand. Guns and machine guns used. Boxing violence. A boy witnesses his father's murder in an alley. A woman witnesses her father getting killed by a spear-tipped cane thrown that hits his throat. Boy on a skateboard shown getting blinded when a nearby forklift crashes into and accidentally opens biohazardous waste barrels. During a rape trial, the accused man claims that the woman enjoyed it while the lawyers representing her look at photographs of the woman's battered and bruised face. Lead character pulls out a loose tooth in the shower, drops it by the drain as blood drips around it.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Non-explicit sexual encounter. Brief nudity, female breast.
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Occasional profanity. "F--k," "a--hole," "d--k"; "s--t" and its UK variation, "s--te." Verbal taunting from bullies. Woman on a plane talks about someone who is "semi-colored."
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Products & Purchases
Part of a popular comic book franchise. The reporter in the movie works for the New York Post.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
It's implied that the lead character's father has become an alcoholic before he tries to redeem himself. Beer and cocktail drinking in bars, at a formal ball. Lead character takes different painkillers after coming home from battling villains. Drunk man shown stumbling out of a strip club. Frequent reference to a client in a trial being high on marijuana at the time the crime was committed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Daredevil is a 2003 movie in which Ben Affleck plays the Marvel Comics superhero. This movie is more somber and much more violent than Spider-Man, including many deaths. The action violence is frequent and unrelenting, including two protagonists who witness the murder of their parents. In a rape trial, the man accused claims that the woman enjoyed it while she breaks down crying as her lawyers look at photographs of her beaten and bruised after the incident. After returning from fighting villains, Daredevil is shown taking different kinds of prescription painkillers. There are sexual references and non-explicit sexual situations; brief nudity, a female breast. A man on trial talks of being high on marijuana at the time the incident in question occurred. Devout Catholics might have a problem with an extended fight scene taking place inside a cathedral. Cigarette and cigar smoking occurs. Occasional profanity includes "f--k," "a--hole," and "d--k," and "s--t" and its UK variation, "s--te." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
DAREDEVIL may be another Marvel comic superhero movie rated PG-13, but it's a much darker story than Spider-Man. Parents whose 8- and 9- or even 13-year-olds loved that movie should think carefully before agreeing to let them see this one. The fights are very good, but it's clear that's where most of the creative energy went in this movie. Affleck doesn't act very much, and if he did, most of it would be hidden by Murdock's sunglasses and Daredevil's mask.
Garner brings energy and freshness to her role, and Farrell is, as usual, the most watchable part of the movie. There are some fun in-jokes, including appearances from Marvel's Stan Lee and onetime Daredevil writer Kevin (Chasing Amy and Dogma) Smith. But the script is flat, mostly just space between fights. Sometimes loud noises incapacitate Daredevil, sometimes they don't. He's badly injured, and then he isn't. These are continuity errors that are evidence either of laziness or, more likely, some re-cutting after early screenings.
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