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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This film does include strong images of friendship, loyalty, and selflessness. It also includes characters (marked as evil) that kill and lie for personal gain.
Violence & Scariness
Largely fantasy violence (evil shadow attacks, dragon fight). Also include instances of decapitation, stabbing, murder of a child, neck breaking.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One post-sex scene.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Just a bit of ale drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie mostly steers clear of sex, graphic language, and gruesome and/or realistic violence. It does include various scenes of fantasy violence, a hero in constant peril, and a battle between good and evil. Overall, parents can feel safe allowing their fantasy-obsessed kids to watch this movie. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Many fantasy fans may find this tale quite engaging. The effects range from average to goofy, though it was nominated for an Emmy for best effects in a television miniseries, movie, or special. The Sci-Fi Channel aired EARTHSEA as a two-part original miniseries based on the fantasy novels by award-winning Ursula K. Le Guin.
Those fond of contemporary fantasy television shows such as Xena (1995) or Hercules (1997) may find similarities in aesthetic and dialog. In the style of those shows, one expects that Ged and his loyal friend Vetch (Chris Gauthier) could say "dude, that's a gnarly gebbeth" at any moment. Fans of sci-fi and/or fantasy will also be pleased to see some familiar faces such as Ashmore (X-Men [2000, 2003, 2006]), Roché (Odyssey 5 ), Kristin Kreuk (Smallville ), and Allesandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica [2003-miniseries, 2005-series]). Earthsea also includes performances by high profile actors Danny Glover and Isabella Rossellini.
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