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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Villains are ugly and violent; hero is handsome and violent.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of explosions, swordplay, falling off cliffs or out windows, shooting, several murders committed in cartoonish styles.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some suggestive imagery (cleavage especially), and some banter.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking at parties and in loneliness, as when Zorro despairs over Elena's rejection and gets drunk. A horse drinks and smokes cigars, too.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the movie contains lots of outrageous and stunty violence: explosions, shootouts, sword-fighting, horseback riding, leaping from rooftops and atop racing trains. While most is suitably cartoony, there is one bloody murder (by a sinister villain and his gang) of a sympathetic peasant as he tries to defend his home, leaving his tearful wife and an aggrieved Zorro behind. A young boy is threatened and watches villains beat and almost murder his father. This boy also engages in his own antic violence against the bad guys. Characters smoke (cigars) and drink (sometimes to the point of drunkenness). 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 LEGEND OF ZORRO is big and loud, mixing extended action sequences with gestures toward family unity. The film lurches from the family trauma to national security anxieties, or, terrorism by way of The Wild Wild West. A nefarious group is working on of a crater-making, nitroglycerine-based weapon in order to control who has access to U.S. statehood, with complications concerning Pinkerton agents and the bad guys' use of Chinese "coolies." That all of this is filtered through Alejandro and Elena's marital discord replicates the parallels between domestic and global politics James Cameron is so fond of excavating, wherein the world's welfare depends on that of the nuclear family unit. You might hope they sort it out this time, and don't have to try again in seven years.
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