A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages in this silly romantic fantasy.
Positive Role Models
A pickpocket is one of the movie's heroes. The cursed captain has a legitimate beef with the evil bishop, but he is bent only on revenge until the very end. A drunken priest reveals confessed confidences but redeems his bad deeds by helping to right his wrong.
Violence & Scariness
Two men joust. Numerous soldiers shoot arrows at each other; several are seen wounded, although little blood is shown. Soldiers punch and kick each other. Several men are impaled on swords. One bleeds from his mouth in close-up. A man falls through ice into a frigid pond, and people dramatically try to get him out. There are close-ups of an angry wolf growling. A hawk is wounded by an arrow. Someone pulls an arrow out of a woman's chest, and she screams. A spot of blood is seen on her sheet.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A kiss. A bishop is obsessed with a beautiful woman.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A priest is described as a drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ladyhawke is a dopey 1985 romantic fantasy that will probably bore most kids and sorely try the patience of most grown-ups. Expect the slashing and impaling common to cinematic portrayals of medieval violence. Blood drips from a victim's mouth but is otherwise scarce. Several people are stabbed or pierced with arrows. One falls though ice into a wintry pond. There is a drunk priest and some mild profanity ("hell" and "damn"). 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 overblown, overlong, overacted romantic fantasy is dull and devoid of both wit and good taste. Rock music more suited to an episode of Miami Vice competes with lute melodies without any good reason. In one inexplicable sequence, we view the hawk flying in slow motion to an accompanying heavy rock beat. The characters bear French names, but the accents range from Brooklynese (Broderick says, "I gotta be outta my mind"), faintly Dutch (Hauer), and Californian (Pfeiffer) to legitimately Shakespearean (Wood and McKern). Broderick plays the role with the same ironic detachment as he played Ferris Bueller, a modernity utterly out of place in a tale set during the Middle Ages.
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