A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
While espionage and conflict/violence are glamorized throughout the Bond series, it's also clear that loyalty has its value, especially when you're loyal to someone deserving. Getting a different perspective on life can also help you reframe your priorities.
Positive Role Models
Bond often relies on violence to accomplish his goals, is frequently driven by revenge, has his share of vices, and has been known to choose iffy ways of resolving problems, but he's loyal to the end, determined to carry out a mission from his previous mentor, even if she's not around to see it completed.
Violence & Scariness
The violence isn't constant, but at some key moments, it's relentless. And when the story calls for it, the audience isn't spared brutality. People shoot at each other with the intent to kill, cars explode, helicopters and airplanes go haywire, hand-to-hand combat is bone-crunching, and at one point, a man's eyes are gouged. In another scene, a man drills into another's brain. Someone commits suicide via a gunshot to the head.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of innuendo and passionate kissing, with a clear understanding that intercourse is about to happen. But no outright/graphic nudity.
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Language includes "damn" and "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
Brands seen early and often include Aston Martin, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Range Rover, Omega watches, and Sony.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bond's iconic vodka martini makes an appearance, shaken and dirty. Mostly social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Spectre, the 24th entry in the James Bond franchise (and the fourth starring Daniel Craig), continues in its recent predecessors' bloody tradition, high on both violence/thrills and excitement. Expect plenty of the adrenaline-fueled action sequences (shoot-outs, chases, explosions, etc.) that signify a Bond film, as well as some cringe-inducing moments (a man's eyes are gouged, someone drills into another's brain) and a suicide by gunshot. The movie touches on the topic of adoption/foster families (references to Bond's foster brother being angry about Bond's relationship with the other boy's biological dad). There's also some swearing (including "s--t"), though nothing too over-the-top, as well as plenty of innuendo, kissing, and groping, as is always the case with Bond. And, of course, there's the classic martini (shaken, not stirred), and the requisite product placement for everything from Aston Martin cars to Omega watches. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Time and again, the folks behind the Bond franchise prove they can put together a fine cast and (to crib from another franchise) fast and furious action. This time, Seydoux and the brilliant Waltz are added to a proven mix that includes Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris (as quartermaster Q and Moneypenny, respectively). And the many action sequences offer plenty of thrills, which almost justify the movie's overlong run time. (The opening sequence is vintage brilliant Bond.) Seydoux and Craig have great chemistry, and she gets a little bit, though not much, more to do here than Bond women of yore. Is Spectre as good as its immediate predecessor, Skyfall, which was much more emotional in many ways? Not quite, but it's still plenty of fun.
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