A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Family bonds and a strong sense of right and wrong guide the characters to make morally sound decisions, even when they're faced with temptation to do otherwise. Greed and lust for power have catastrophic consequences for a character with selfish motivations. Family members heal old wounds with honest communication.
Positive Role Models
Tripp and Paxton are able to set aside their differences and shoulder huge responsibility in an effort to locate their parents. Together with Dylan, they're resourceful and crafty, and they hold to the altruistic code that protects people from the threats of the objects they handle. Even though their parents were dishonest with their boys about their work, they did it to keep them safe.
Violence & Scariness
Several fighting sequences involve crossbows. Two men are shot off-screen, and other characters are sabotaged and presumed dead for much of the movie. A woman is taken hostage and tied up, and her mouth is taped. Tension runs high as the protagonists are pursued by the villains, the worst of whom meets an untimely (but not gory) end for his deeds.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A relationship brews between two characters, but a kiss is as far as it goes.
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Products & Purchases
Movie sponsor Walmart's shopping bags are prominent in a couple of scenes. Other brands and logos such as Chevrolet and Apple are seen as well.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In one scene, a woman is drugged by an apple laced with poison.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Hunters is another installment from the Walden Family Theater sponsored by Walmart and Procter & Gamble, and viewers will spot a few Walmart shopping bags in the movie. There are many fight sequences in this action/adventure story, so you'll see hand-to-hand combat, a hostage situation, and the use of crossbows, which are the characters' weapon of choice. Two men are shot off-screen, another dies in a unique manner, and others are presumed dead for at least part of the movie, but the exchanges are never bloody. A friend turns foe and threatens the lives of the story's heroes, which might be confusing for younger viewers, and there are some moments designed to startle the audience. On the other hand, you'll notice positive themes about family bonds and doing the right thing even in the face of temptation. The bottom line? This Walden Family Theater movie is a bit more intense than the initiative's past offerings, but it still gives families with older kids and tweens mostly worry-free content and a story that encourages discussion afterward. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The Hunters marks another effort by Walmart and Procter & Gamble to deliver quality entertainment for the whole family, and once again it succeeds ... to a degree. The good-versus-evil, globetrotting archaeological adventure certainly isn't a new movie concept (ever heard of Indiana Jones?), nor is it likely to be a particular winner with the little ones in the family. To that end, enter the fairy-tale tie-ins: the magical mirror from Snow White, the Seven Dwarves' cottage, and a few other elements from other favorite stories and elements of mythology. The trouble is, this aspect of the story isn't prominent enough to keep kids' attention or to take the edge off the sometimes intense content, and, in light of the otherwise intense action sequences, it comes across as pretty corny to older viewers.
But the news isn't all bad. Setting aside the Snow White arc, this is a story about family members trying to find each other, both literally and in the emotional sense. Carter and Jordyn's job takes them far from home a lot, and the fact that their boys don't know the truth about what they do drives an even bigger wedge down the middle of this family. In that sense, what begins as each side's biggest nightmare could wind up being their saving grace, and the movie's messages about honesty, communication, and trust aren't tarnished by a disjointed story line that misses the mark for families.
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