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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
While there are no real positive messages, the film can be viewed, in part, as a satire of racism, racist attitudes, and the brutalities of the slave trade.
Positive Role Models
The ape daughter of a senator, in her intense compassion, empathy, and understanding of the plight of humans, comes across as a mix of well-known primatologist Jane Goodall, and the abolitionists in pre-Civil War America.
Violence & Scariness
Very intense peril and violence. Humans punched, kicked, and verbally and physically abused. Humans are branded with a branding iron; a similar fate is given to an ape sympathetic to the plight of humans. Intense battle scenes between apes and humans -- apes clubbed to death, many casualties on both sides, but not a lot of blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female ape shown in bed with male ape, bouncing and gyrating.
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"Jesus." "Hell." "Damn." Off-color joke making reference to "rocket envy."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Ape shown smoking from a hookah. Ape characters drink at a dinner party. Escaped humans run past a group of spaced-out-looking hippie apes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Planet of the Apes is the 2001 Tim Burton'-directed remake of the 1968 sci-fi classic. There is intense and prolonged peril, a great deal of violence, and many deaths. Human characters are beaten, branded, and verbally and physically abused. They are also shown getting branded with a branding iron; an ape sympathetic to the plight of humans is later branded. There's a brief mild sexual situation in which a female ape is bouncing on top of a male ape in bed. The appearance and overall violent behavior of most of the apes could be scary to younger and more sensitive viewers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is less a remake than a re-imagining of the classic staring Charlton Heston. This version has no loincloth and no Statue of Liberty, and no Roddy McDowell, but Heston does show up for a surprisingly effective cameo -- as one of the apes. As in all of Tim Burton's movies, the art direction in Planet of the Apes is intricate, meticulous, and strangely beautiful. Every detail is a work of art, from the texture of the ape armor to the outline of the spaceship.
Wahlberg makes an appealing, all-American hero, though he is not up to the task of delivering a brief pep talk to the assembled humans. But he is fine in the action scenes and he handles the challenge of kissing females of two different species with reasonable finesse. Overall, the simian performers are better and more believable than the humans. Bonham Carter makes a remarkably fetching ape, using her eyes and body language to deliver a real performance. Roth is a seething presence as the bad guy, Michael Clarke Duncan gives physical and emotional weight to the role of the loyal officer, and Paul Giamatti is hilarious as a slave trader held hostage.
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