A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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Positive Role Models
The hero is strong, loyal, compassionate, intelligent, and brave. Though two women central to the plot prove to be powerful and capable, there is a leering sexuality in the way the male characters view them. An evil witch is the only featured black player.
Violence & Scariness
Multiple weapons from the Middle Ages wound, impale, and kill the players: swords, arrows, spears, and knives. Other violent images: dead bodies buried in the sand revealing only the heads, writhing snakes, the slicing of a woman's arm, evidence of monsters beneath the earth, and the threat of torture via black magic. There are six major battle scenes, the finale lasting nearly ten minutes. Lots of blood, but no lingering graphic details.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Other than a few romantic kisses, there is no sexual activity. However, the women in the story (often in revealing costumes) are subject to leering, teasing, and a continual implied sexual threat.
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Both Muslims and Christians are occasionally insulted because of their heritage.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Prince Killian and the Holy Grail (aka Captain Thunder), a Spanish film set in the Middle Ages, is based on a popular Spanish comic book hero. The DVD released for U.S. audiences has both a dubbed version and one with English subtitles. Filled with swordplay in which characters are impaled and killed, the movie also includes supernatural sequences and relies heavily on bondage, black magic, witchcraft, and a monster living just beneath the earth's surface. A dizzying cast of heroes and villains, enemies and friends, fight over Jesus' chalice and fantastical otherworldly dangers. Mildly gruesome images accompany the battles (i.e. human heads, writhing snakes), and an underlying sexual mockery follows the few female characters. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There must have been a substantial budget for this film; the costumes, weaponry, and sets look good. Everything else is simply terrible -- the script, performances, special effects, direction, even the sub-titles. And the dubbed version is almost unwatchable. A confusing story with way too many characters doesn't help either. The "comedy" isn't funny; the action is amateurish and unexciting; and the female characters are laughable at best. Even kids who like derring-do, some "swash" with their "buckle," and the romance of old history will find nothing redeeming about this mess of a movie.
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