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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Tris deals with important issues about identity and figuring out what it means to be selfless, courageous, smart, and kind as she makes decisions she thinks will help others.
Positive Role Models
Tris is a smart, courageous heroine, but she's also occasionally stubborn and hot-headed and can't see the big picture. Four can't help but want to protect Tris, even though he knows she can fight her own battles. Tris and Four offer a positive example of a teen relationship; they treat each other as equals, defend and protect each other.
Violence & Scariness
Characters die from execution-style murders, committing suicide under mind control, being tortured/forced to do something dangerous, and from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Lots of weapons and arrests and tank-like vehicles. Some blood, and a pervasive sense of peril/danger.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Tris and Four embrace and kiss several times. In one scene, kissing turns into more, and she takes off her top and then his shirt. The scene fades to black, but the next shot is of them in bed, bare shouldered under the sheets. It's implied they had sex and slept in the same bed.
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One quickly uttered "f--k," plus a couple of uses of "bitch," "s--t," and "a--hole." Other insults include "stiff," "coward," "psychopath," "loser," and "stupid."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Insurgent is the second installment in the Divergent trilogy. Based on the best-selling dystopian books by Veronica Roth, Insurgent continues the story of heroine Tris (Shailene Woodley) and her love, Four (Theo James). Like the first movie, Insurgent is less violent than the book, but there's still mass shootings of mind-control trackers, execution-style murders, torture, and a fake death. Language includes one quickly uttered "f--k" and a couple uses of "s--t," "bulls--t," and "bitch," but it's not frequent. Tris and Four's romance heats up in this installment -- far beyond what's described in the source book. One scene suggests that they've slept together, but nothing is visible beyond bare backs, shoulders, and kissing. The movie stays true to portraying Tris as a brave, headstrong, selfless protagonist who doesn't just let her boyfriend fight her battles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Book purists will certainly have a lot of material to bemoan about this sequel. For every positive element that's true to the story (we finally meet Uriah, played by Aussie hunk Keiynan Lonsdale; Winslet and Watts are fabulous as leaders with very different views of the Factions; and Teller steals his scenes as opportunistic, sarcastic Peter), there too many underwhelming, underplayed, and divergent (pardon the pun) bits from the original story. Even given the expectation that an adaptation will sometimes dramatically change the elements that jump from page to screen, the Insurgent filmmakers made some head-scratching choices that don't bode well for the future of the franchise.
What is still engaging about the series is the strength of Woodley's acting, the intense appeal of James as Four (their chemistry is debatable, but it's still more believable than Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson's in the Hunger Games films), and the veteran actors all doing their best with a series that isn't connecting as seamlessly on the screen as it did on the page. During a few scenes, Woodley fans may marvel (and laugh) at seeing her interact with James, Teller, and Elgort -- all of whom she's had romantic relationships with in movies. The visuals and simulations in this film are also even more dazzling than the ones in Divergent. It will be interesting to see how the screenwriter and director handle the plot and perspective changes of Roth's highly divisive final book, Allegiant, for the last two movies.
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