A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Selfishness and resource hoarding are clearly seen as "bad guy" behavior, while sharing and altruism are valued. Amid the violent action chaos, very different people learn to work together to achieve a common goal.
Positive Role Models
Heroic characters learn to work together toward a common good, but their methods are questionable, and there's a lot of violence without consequences. Furiosa is a strong, independent, driven female character who hopes to free her fellow females from breeding slavery.
Violence & Scariness
Intense, constant violence of all kinds, including against women. Characters die in explosions and car crashes and are shot and stabbed with arrows. A pregnant woman dies; the dead baby is cut from her womb (mostly off screen). Fighting, chasing. Nightmare sequences/flashbacks. Disturbing images. Diseased flesh. Blood transfusions.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Several young "wives" are seen as sex symbols, wearing skimpy clothing and shown washing. A naked woman is used as bait; her bottom is shown. Several wet nurses are shown having their breasts pumped for milk; they're covered by machinery.
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No strong language is clearly heard, but much of the dialogue is obscured by the thundering sound effects.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Warriors inhale paint fumes; the intended purpose isn't specified, but it could be interpreted as a way to get high.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mad Max: Fury Road -- the fourth film in the Mad Max series and the first in decades -- is a reboot of sorts, with Tom Hardy taking over for Mel Gibson in the title role. It's extremely violent, with nonstop chase scenes, explosions, deaths, blood, shooting, and stabbing, as well as violence against women (including a bloody scene involving a pregnant woman), nightmarish flashbacks, diseased flesh, and other disturbing imagery. Several imprisoned women are attached to machines that pump their breast milk, and some of the female characters (some of whom are played by supermodels) are treated as sexual objects, shown wearing skimpy clothing while washing. One woman is naked, but viewers only see her behind. No strong language is clearly heard, but much of the dialogue is obscured by the thundering sound effects. Drinking, drugs, and smoking aren't issues. Even though this franchise hasn't had a new entry in more than a generation, it's likely that strong buzz will attract all kinds of teen moviegoers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The sheer, limitless invention behind this movie's exhilarating, preposterous chase scenes highlights action filmmaking at its finest. Amid the roar of the speeding machines, though, director George Miller also plays with subtler themes. As in his 1987 comedy The Witches of Eastwick, Miller seems interested in women and motherhood, but in an unusual way (as in the scene in which Max uses mother's milk to wash blood from his face).
Perhaps the movie's key theme stems from the way that Max seems even madder this time around, hearing victims' voices in his head. In MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, violence is ultimately linked to madness. It's amazing that Miller has been in charge of the Mad Max series for so many decades, but it's telling that he's also behind the Babe and Happy Feet movies. As the maker of such open-hearted family movies, he seems to possess a much larger, more empathetic worldview than most other filmmakers doling out action for action's sake.
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