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Parents' Guide to

End of the Spear

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Christian missionaries "save" Ecuadorian tribe.

Movie PG-13 2006 112 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

Not all movie violence is eyeball junk food

This is a good film first--entertaining, thought-provoking, sometimes riveting and emotionally wrenching. Secondly, it also observes real-world evangelism, violence, and sexuality between real people. Those things are often exploited with no weight on characters who are on-screen caricatures and we accept or even emmerse ourselves in Hollywood sex/violence/power, and then in reviews we blast such manipulation as unhealthy. Some reviewers have associated this film with other films that utilize such subjects as junk food, but my feeling was that all of the difficult subjects broached in this film are depicted realistically and in a way that is healthy to see, to contemplate and to dicsuss. I think it's a valuable film to share with mature children.
age 12+


Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Heartfelt but clumsy, Jim Hanon's anachronistic film raises more questions than it answers. This "story" is hardly new, and here it is told with a particular forcefulness.

Then again, this Christian saga insistently promotes nonviolence, especially welcome given the preponderance of mainstream media violence committed in many religions' names. Further, the casting of the irrepressibly out and undeniably charismatic Chad Allen quietly assumes some openness on the part of the film's audience. Still, End of the Spear does fall back on unpleasant stereotypes.

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