A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Constant action-movie violence. A character commits suicide, putting a gun to his mouth and pulling the trigger. The end is essentially one extended orgy of gun violence. Characters stabbed with knives, blood. Lead character suffers a screw impaling his hand in one scene, a metal bar impaling his leg in another scene. Fighting with punches, kicks. Necks broken. Houses set on fire. Van explosion. Characters killed by getting hit by a moving train.
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Frequent profanity. "F--k," "a--holes," "bulls--t," "s--t," "goddamned," "piss," "bitches," "for Christ's sake," "balls."
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Products & Purchases
Products gratuitously shown on a table: Domino's Pizza, Pringles, Dunkin' Donuts, Diet Pepsi. In another scene, one of the lead characters insists that another character drinks from a clearly marked can of Pepsi.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking. Wine drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Eraser is a 1996 action movie in which Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a witness protection specialist who must protect a witness from corrupted members of his own team. Even for an action movie from the 1990s, this movie is very violent; the climax alone is one massive battle with firearms, explosives, and Schwarzenegger getting impaled by a metal rod. One of the characters commits suicide, putting a gun to his mouth and pulling the trigger. It has punches, kicks, stabbings, vehicle explosions, characters covered in gasoline and almost set on fire, characters killed by a moving train. Schwarzenegger suffers a screw impaling his hand. Regular profanity is heard, including "f--k," and there's cigarette smoking and drinking. In one scene, there's gratuitous product placement. 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 '90s action movie is enjoyable for its own sake, provided you don't think too much about the absurd plot twists and corny dialogue. The explosions and gunfire are loud and seemingly endless, and for almost every death, either Schwarzenegger or James Caan gets to make an ironically wry one-liner about the method in which the person died. On top of that, the story is beyond predictable -- it doesn't take a genius to figure out who the mole is, and the audience should be able to guess the next line of dialogue at least once -- and on top of that, the Italian American mafia characters are unbelievably trite.
And yet, Eraser can be entertaining. There are some moments of original and exciting action -- Schwarzenegger dodging an oncoming jet plane while trying to parachute to safety comes to mind. And unlike so many other action movies in which the female lead is basically helpless but good looking, Vanessa Williams' character gets the opportunity to kick some butt without anyone's assistance. It's a movie that neither surpasses nor falls short of expectations. Eraser is not a "deep thinker." Instead, it's a fun action movie from the bombastic '90s, from the lesser works of Sir Arnold.
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