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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Clear messages delivered with insight: Talent must work in combination with stability and ethical behavior. "No shortcuts -- not in track and field, not in life." Overcoming adversity depends on inner strength, facing reality, focus ("mental blinkers"). Beware of those who would sabotage your success. "No man can outrun the choices he makes."
Positive Role Models
Flawed and/or naive characters learn important lessons about integrity, forgiveness, redemption, determination, compassion, and teamwork. Teen hero, specifically, starts down a dangerous path, but with support of others, his own insights, and strong need to live up to his potential, he learns to make sound decisions.
Violence & Scariness
A father and son fight; the son is bruised afterward. Police break up a party, chasing young people and rounding them up. Angry criminals chase hero, brandishing guns. Guns are used as a threat in several scenes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couples have sex in several brief scenes (no nudity). Provocative dancing and partying. Teen boy brags about having sex with a teen girl. Older brother encourages teen to have sexual experiences. Condoms are used.
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Profanity and cursing includes "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "hell," "screw," "damn," "a--hole." Sexual banter: "sexy boy," "virgin."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and marijuana use in numerous scenes. Featured character has a drinking problem (vomits).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sprinter is a Jamaican movie about a talented young runner with family issues that threaten both his ambition and his innate sense of right and wrong. The movie is in English with subtitles to help viewers with the island dialect. The high school sprinter must deal with an absent mother, an alcoholic dad, and a corrupt brother as he tries to succeed. Viewers can expect some violent moments: an intense fight between father and son, crooks brandishing guns, a police chase, as well as profanity and swearing, including "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "hell," and "damn." Sexuality and provocative behavior play a role as the young man comes of age: Scenes show couples having sex, mostly in brief, dispassionate moments (no nudity). A teen boy brags about having sex with a teen girl. An older brother encourages a teen to have sexual experiences. Condoms are used. One character drinks to excess; alcohol is abundant in party scenes, and marijuana is used. For mature teens only. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Sometimes a conventional story can be made special via in-depth characters well played, a rousing spirit, and great rooting interest; this is one of those stories. Underdog athletes are a staple of feel-good sports movies; Storm Saulter makes his hero especially "winning" in Sprinter. Even the pedestrian villain of the piece, a big brother seduced by greed and power, touched by envy, and seemingly unredeemable, has a chance to get in touch with the soul he once had. Saulter and his team (particularly production design and music) bring the unique beauty of Jamaica -- its music, its color, its singular energy -- to the screen as well. Executive-produced by Jada Pinkett and Will Smith, it was a film festival favorite. It's a good movie, satisfying in spite of its predictability.
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