Parents' Guide to

Peaceful Warrior

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Like Karate Kid -- without the karate.

Movie PG-13 2007 120 minutes
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age 16+

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There's something sweetly sincere about how PEACEFUL WARRIOR sticks to self-improvement. Especially when you consider how often storytellers in and outside of Hollywood tend to conjure up simplistic antagonists -- aliens, drug smugglers, serial killers, vampires, orcs, hostile commie gymnasts from the USSR -- as obstacles for a flawed or uncertain hero to overcome. Dan's conflict is with himself, end of story.

That said, the dialogue is often hokey and preachy, the special effects and soundtrack music work a little too hard to tell viewers things they might have figured out on their own, and the film feels long at 120 minutes. On the plus side, Nolte gives a pleasantly low-key performance as the curmudgeonly Socrates; a lot of his Obi-Wan/Yoda/Master Splinter stuff is pleasantly unpredictable. Will watching Peaceful Warrior make you a better person? That's hard to say, Grasshopper. But it probably won't make anyone worse, and that's something of an achievement.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 30, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: June 26, 2007
  • Cast: Amy Smart , Nick Nolte , Scott Mechlowicz
  • Director: Victor Salva
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 120 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sensuality, sex references and accident scenes.
  • Last updated: September 13, 2023

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