A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No truly positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Characters too one-dimensional to be seen as positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent action violence. Machine gun battles. Knife throwing. Kicking and punching.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Gratuitous scene of Croft in the shower; no nudity. Croft wears tight, form-fitting outfits. Naked man, filmed from the waist up.
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Occasional profanity: "s--t," "ass." Off-color joke involving needing to take a cold shower.
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Products & Purchases
Movie is based on a popular video game series. One scene prominently features a UPS delivery truck. Character drinks Pepsi while working at his computer.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine drinking, cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is a 2001 action movie in which Angelina Jolie stars as the heroine of the popular video game series. There is frequent action-movie violence: Characters do battle with machine guns and knives and fight with fists and kicks. There are some sexual insinuations, including an off-color joke about needing to take a cold shower and a scene that serves absolutely no purpose except to gratuitously show Jolie taking a shower. Her character wears tight, form-fitting outfits. There is some moderate profanity, including "s--t." Overall, this movie could be seen as one long commercial for the video game series. (The franchise got a reboot with 2018's Tomb Raider.) To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
More like a video game than a movie, Tomb Raider has some great action sequences and the ever-watchable Angelina Jolie. What it does not have is much of a plot, interesting characters, or a reason to care about the outcome. A clumsy salute to Raiders of the Lost Ark is only a reminder of how much better that movie is. At least when you're playing the game, you have points to keep you going. This movie sags whenever the action stops.
The action sequences are fine for the most part. Jolie has the kickboxing skills and the acting chops to deliver what people who go to this movie want to see, but the screenwriter and director let her down when it comes to the boringly generic bad guys and the missing-father motivation. Maybe it's too much to expect the people behind this kind of movie to attempt to create a real character or know very much about women, but even by those standards, this movie gets it so wrong that it interferes with our connection to Lara. She's so tough that she shrugs off the near destruction of her home, but she's willing to risk her life to save a man who has done nothing but betray her. She always looks a little relieved when she gets a chance to fight, and we feel the same.
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