A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This is about familial ties, and presents a strong family with strong, traditional bonds. Non-traditional or criminal behavior has negative consequences. Stereotyical representations of settlers, Native Americans and the treatment of women.
Violence & Scariness
Graphic war scenes, multiple shootings, fights, impaling, implied suicide
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex scene, brief nudity.
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A few uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus multiple "Goddammit"s.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this film features limited sexual material (including a sex scene) and language. There is violence throughout the film, including shootings, fights, an impaling and an implied suicide. Most violent acts are motivated by revenge. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Legends of the Fall goes a long way to preserve as many stereotypes about settlers in the Wild West as it can, including Native Americans, and the treatment of women in that era. While Hopkins does a good turn as the firm yet emotionally vulnerable father, the rest of the cast is less than stellar. This goes double for Pitt, though the gratuitous shots of his upper torso that appear throughout the film are what made it a major box office hit.
Best viewed on a big screen TV for its breathtaking Academy-Award winning cinematography (we're not talking about Brad's personal landscape), Legends of the Fall is undoubtedly a chick flick. Though unfortunately, women in this film do not fare very well.
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