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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Buried in the plot are ideas about protecting -- and respecting -- the Earth and giving back as much as (or more than) we take from it. But these ideas come from the movie's bad guy, and his message is entwined with the idea that people must risk their lives via dangerous ordeals to "honor" nature.
Positive Role Models
Ironically, the bad guy has the most morals -- he's concerned with protecting and saving the planet -- but he's also a bank robber and someone who doesn't seem particularly concerned with the well-being of his friends. The good guy is completely uninteresting. The characters perform extremely dangerous stunts/escapades that shouldn't be copied.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent, extreme, death-defying events -- including motorcycle stunts, surfing, rock climbing, base jumping, skydiving, and snow boarding. Guns and shooting. Face and head-wounds; some blood shown. Characters die. Car chases, crashes, fights, explosions. Rock slide.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing and brief sex scene; couple is shirtless (though nothing graphic is shown), and lying down together on a bed. Scantily clad women shown during party scenes. Brief sexual reference.
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Several uses of "s--t," plus "a--hole," "ass," "damn," "hell," "balls," "stupid." Middle-finger gestures.
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Products & Purchases
Mentions of YouTube, visible logos for Monster energy drink, GoPro, and others. Apple iPhone shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Pot briefly shown. Characters occasionally smoke cigarettes. Characters hold alcoholic drinks at a party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Point Break is a remake of the 1991 movie of the same name -- and, like most remakes, it's not worth much. Some teens, especially extreme sports nuts, may be interested (especially given that this version is rated PG-13, as opposed to the original's R), but its shelf life is guaranteed to be fairly short. Expect tons of dangerous stunts (none of which should be attempted by non-professionals), with characters getting injured -- bloody faces are shown -- and dying. There's also fighting, shooting, car chases/crashes, and explosions. Characters kiss and have a brief sex scene; they're clearly topless, but nothing sensitive is shown. Many bikini-clad women are shown dancing at parties. Joints are briefly shown, several characters hold drinks at parties (though they're not shown drinking), and several characters smoke regular cigarettes. Language includes "s--t," "bulls---t," and "a--hole." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Like many remakes, this adventure yarn seems designed more like a soulless factory product, a calculated grab at some overseas profits, than anything anyone actually wanted to be involved with. Based on Kathryn Bigelow's terrific 1991 movie, the updated POINT BREAK copies the basic idea but strips away most of the original's nuance and feeling; this one is unbendingly simple, with few tough decisions or emotional struggles.
Even with all the stunts -- photographed with an annoyingly busy, roving camera -- it feels like very little is actually at stake here. (It's pretty easy to predict when any of the characters is going to die.) There's no suspense; plus, the dialogue is heavy on plot exposition and blatantly obvious statements, and pop music is awkwardly relied upon. Ramirez can't match Patrick Swayze in the original; Bracey doesn't even come close to Keanu Reeves, and Palmer looks like she's turned off her brain, emphasizing her cleavage over her talent. "Point"-less, indeed.
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