A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
One character quotes the serenity prayer: "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference." This idea is one of the central themes of the movie.
Positive Role Models
This movie explores the past of the Flash as he tries to come to grips with the murder of his mother when he was a boy. While heroic, the superheroes show cynicism and short tempers and frequently resort to violence to solve any and all problems.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent comic book/cartoon violence. A boy comes home to find the body of his mother, who was murdered during a break-in. Wonder Woman holds a severed head. She also causes a death by hanging. A character's face is punched until bloody and he is knocked out. A tsunami sinks a ship.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The mother of a superhero asks her son if he's gay.
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Some profanity throughout: "a--hole," "crap," "hell."
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Products & Purchases
This movie is an offshoot of characters created by DC Comics and is part of a movie franchise. These characters are also merchandised as action figures, Legos, and birthday-party favors, among other things.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Batman's father drinks from a flask.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox is a 2013 movie that is part of the DC Comics Justice League animated feature franchise. Unsurprisingly, these characters are also sold and marketed as action figures. The violence is unrelenting; the superheroes are in constant battle, including scenes in which Wonder Woman holds a severed head and also causes a death by hanging. A character is punched in the face until bloody and knocked out. A boy comes home to find his mother murdered as the result of a break-in. There is some profanity: "a--hole," "crap," and "hell." The mother of a superhero asks her son if he's gay and says that it's OK if he is. The superheroes themselves, for all their actions in the defense of the world at large, also display cynicism, short tempers, and a predilection to using violence to solve any and all problems. 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 animated tale has complicated storylines, complex superheroes with tragic pasts and cynical attitudes, and frenzied action. JUSTICE LEAGUE: FLASHPOINT PARADOX also has the added bonus of a story that puts the Flash at its center rather than the expected Batman or Superman. The story itself is an interesting exploration of the idea behind the serenity prayer, a variation of which is quoted by the Flash's mother: "Accept what you cannot change. Have the courage to change the things you can, and have wisdom to know the difference."
While the story of the Flash attempting to change what cannot be changed (for mortal men, anyway) is engaging, as are the horrible ramifications of his attempts to change the past (including Wonder Woman battling Aquaman in a war to conquer Europe), this is still best enjoyed by older kids and those who are already familiar with these stories. What stirs the imaginations of some kids will leave others confused.
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