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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Intense wartime violence, characters killed, torture.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Non-explicit nudity not in sexual context
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Some strong language
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Smoking and some drinking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has some graphic battle violence. Characters are killed. There's some strong language and some references to drinking. Issues of honor, integrity, equality, justice, and balancing individual rights with the good of the group are all explored. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Hart's War is a big movie that takes on big themes with the courage to give them time and allow for some ambiguity. Although it is set in WWII and has some battle violence, it is primarily a human drama about honor, sacrifice, courage, and dignity, themes that are explored from the farthest reaches as ideals and from the most personal choices made by individuals. About 45 minutes into the story, it begins to become clear that it is not intended to reflect or illuminate the history of about WWII or indeed any war or any history. It is only set in a POW camp as a way to provide a sharper focus for the issues it addresses.
McNamara tells Wasser that Americans don't make distinctions. Wasser, serving more in the role of Socratic interrogator than enemy, points out that America makes a lot of distinctions, especially when it comes to black people. In the POW camp, the black officers face far more mortal danger from their fellow Americans than they do from the Nazis. The story has some surprising twists and turns, and an ending that will spark discussion. The performances are excellent, with Terrence Howard a standout as the accused man.
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