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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
An argument could be made that Lara Croft is a strong female lead character in action movies -- a genre that traditionally has made the men exclusively strong and heroic while the women are usually damsels in distress.
Violence & Scariness
(Warning: Some spoilers.) Intense peril, sometimes graphic, characters killed. Disturbing demonic imagery in which monstrous forms take shape and bite off the heads and torsos of various characters. Lead antagonist dies in a pool of black acid; he screams and writhes in agony as he dies. Characters fight with machine guns, guns, knives, spear guns, spears, and muskets; when those aren't around, punches and kicks. Character stabbed in the foot with a musket. Croft fights a shark. An earthquake causes an avalanche.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lara and the male lead start to kiss passionately in one scene, then Lara is on top of him while they're on the floor, seemingly on the verge of having sex. She then takes out handcuffs and cuffs him to the bed because she doesn't trust him; he reacts to the handcuffs by saying, "Not what I had in mind, but..." Revealing, skintight outfits on Croft, with nipples clearly seen.
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"S--t," "piss," "ass," "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Based on the popular video game.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine drinking at a wedding.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life is the 2003 sequel in the movie franchise based on the video game. There's very graphic violence -- and lots of it. Characters are hurt and killed with a vast array of weaponry --everything from spear guns to spears to machine guns and axes -- and when weapons aren't readily available, characters punch and kick. Spoiler alert: The lead antagonist dies in a pool of black acid that burns off his skin as he writhes and screams in pain. Demonic monsters come to life and bite off the heads and torsos of various soldiers. Croft and the male lead character are on the verge of having sex when she takes out her handcuffs and cuffs him to the bed; his reaction is innuendo about how he thinks it's part of their impending lovemaking, but she leaves him there because she doesn't trust him. Croft's nipples show through her skintight outfit. Croft fights a shark. A character is stabbed in the foot with a musket. Language includes "s--t," "piss," "ass," and "hell." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It has a better plot, better characters, and better acting than the first movie, but let's be honest: No one is going to see this movie for the plot, characters, and acting. The audience for this movie wants to see the movie version of the popular computer game, with Angelina Jolie in very tight clothes decking, kicking, and shooting as many bad guys as possible. All of that is there, and the distractions of plot, character, and acting barely get in the way.
Director Jan de Bont (Twister, Speed) knows how to stage action, and there are some genuine thrills, especially when Lara and Terry don flying suits that have them soaring through the air like Rocky the Flying Squirrel. Jolie is always fun to watch. But the computer-game origins of the movie are replicated in the staged level-style series of action sequences, and that removes any narrative momentum.
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