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The Godfather: Part III
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that, like the previous Godfather movies, The Godfather: Part III has isolated, yet intensely violent scenes spread throughout the movie. The majority of the film is discussion of strategy involving illegal activity and family drama. There is also a sexual relationship between cousins.
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What's the story?
Indisputably, the weakest of the Godfather trilogy, The Godfather: Part IIIpresents Michael Corleone's (Al Pacino) desperate struggle to escape a life of organized crime. His motivations for wanting to are not entirely clear, except for our understanding from the first film that Michael never wanted to get involved in the first place. Getting out is not as easy as he hoped, addressing this issue by uttering his famous line, "Just when I thought I was out they pull me back in."
Is it any good?
The Godfather: Part III has the potential to be rather interesting. Following in the tradition of the previous Godfather films, the movie provides a detailed account of the Corleone family's posturing and maneuvering in the organized crime world. Unfortunately, the story rings hollow when compared to the masterful scripts, direction and performances of the previous two Godfather films.
Typically top-notch performers such as Al Pacino (again as Michael Corleone) and Andy Garcia (as Michael's nephew Vinnie) produce somewhat unsympathetic characters. Clocking in at almost three hours, The Godfather: III is a disappointing conclusion to a brillian trilogy and probably should be seen only for closure for The Godfather trilogy. Given its presence in hip-hop and general pop culture, kids will want to see this film. Yet, due to violent content featured in this film, parents might want to think twice before allowing them to do so.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Michael Corleone's decision to leave his life of organized crime that resultantly held many negative consequences for himself and his family. This plot point can be used to discuss real life criminals, not only gangsters, who try to go clean. Questions families can ask include: What are some of the problems people face who are trying to quit criminal behavior? What kinds of support do people need in order to resist committing crimes?
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