A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Forgiveness and keeping promises are important and key to personal growth.
Positive Role Models
The main character takes in a woman from an enemy nation and accepts her and offers her kindness. Main characters learn to forgive and grow, as well as how important it is to keep a promise.
There are Native American characters in the film, including two who are female and play pivotal roles in the movie. But -- as a tracker and a mistress -- they play into traditionally stereotypical roles for Indigenous people and women. Native American men seem to be there mostly to be submissive and obey their White king, who has them do his killing, etc. The main character and the main villain are both White men.
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Violence & Scariness
The king backhands his mistress across the face, leaving a bruise. Main character Moroni is chased/hunted by several men. A man spears a fish to catch food, and a wolf is caught in a trap (humans kill it in order to get its urine, which they spread around their camp to keep out bears and other animals). A woman holds a knife to a man's throat and threatens to harm him. The legs and dripping blood of a murdered pregnant woman are seen (the act isn't shown). When she's being buried, her fetus' hand is seen. Mostly bloodless sword fighting. Two peopel are shot in the back with arrows. A wolf is seen dead, with a spear in its belly. A character is stabbed when she gets tired and asks to rest.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two characters kiss and, in the next scene, wake up in bed together, insinuating that they had sex.
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"Hell" -- as a place -- is referenced.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
People drink what appears to be alcohol; one gets a bit drunk and starts a fight.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Oath is an action drama based on ancient events described in the Book of Mormon about the long war between the Lamanites and the Nephites. Scenes of peril/tension and violence include a man being chased/hunted through the woods by several other men with weapons, a man smacking a woman across the face with the back of his hand and kicking her out of his house, people getting stabbed and threatened with knives, two men being shot in the back with arrows, and sword fighting (largely bloodless). In one scene, a pregnant woman appears to have been hanged; viewers can see her feet dangling, and blood trickles on them. There are also potentially upsetting images of her fetus' hand when she's being buried. Fish are hunted for food, and a wolf is caught in a trap -- humans kill it in order to get its urine, which they spread around their camp to keep out bears and other animals. Early in the film, two characters playfully fight after one becomes drunk. Two people share a brief kiss and then wake up in bed together. The word "hell" is used in reference to a conversation about Heaven and Hell. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
For a historical action drama, this movie is extremely slow paced: Much of The Oath consists of Moroni sitting and thinking. Plus, key parts of the reason why the two nations are still warring isn't clearly explained. There are several holes in the plot, and timelines don't really make sense. (It takes months for the king's people to track Bathsheba down, but only days to report back to the king and fetch him.) There's a spirit/ghost character that appears every now and then for no reason, and it's never clearly explained who he is or why he shows up. Bottom line? It's likely that unless you're familiar with the Book of Mormon, a great deal of what's presented here will be lost on you.
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