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Good triumphs over evil. Individual integrity, courage, and behavior can generate positive social change. Values promoted include loyalty, a passionate commitment to helping others, gender and ethnic equality, compassion, resourcefulness.
Positive Role Models
Team players (male and female) are brave, compassionate, moral, determined, loyal, smart. Sympathetic characters make mistakes but learn from them. Ethnic and gender diversity throughout, as well as LGBTQ representation. Stereotypical greedy, power-hungry villain is from the pharmaceutical industry.
Violence & Scariness
Tons of gory action violence. Heroes are pitted against hordes of mercenaries and villains. Intense battles, individual hand-to-hand combat, point-blank gunfire. Weaponry includes machine guns, knives, grenades, handguns, ax, swords. Characters bleed, suffer, die. Bodies are strewn on the ground. Lengthy close-ups of fatal wounds. Characters are kidnapped and held captive. A person struggles to escape from an underwater tomb.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A kiss. A couple is in a (very) long-term committed relationship.
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Occasional profanity includes "f--k," "a--hole," "s--t," "pissed off."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking by adults. One hero carries a flask and sometimes drinks excessively. A scene takes place on an airplane with drugs and drug smugglers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Old Guard is a fast-paced, gory action-adventure movie with two brave, highly skilled women (Charlize Theron and KiKi Layne) in the lead roles. It's based on Greg Rucka's graphic novels about a small team of immortals who travel the world over the centuries to help humanity. Frequently, their mission involves battles and fighting, so expect lots of violent sequences of bloody battles and their aftermath, both in the present and in historical flashbacks. Dead and wounded bodies abound. Weaponry includes guns (both handguns and automatics), swords, grenades, knives, an ax, and brutal hand-to-hand combat. The lead characters can heal from even the gravest wounds (like Deadpool and Wolverine): Their gruesome, should-be-fatal injuries are shown often. Occasional profanity includes "f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole." There's one kiss. Adults drink in social settings, and one man carries a flask that he sometimes drinks from. A scene set on a plane involves illegal drugs. Underneath all of the fighting and blood are strong themes of teamwork, loyalty, integrity, perseverance, and courage. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Dazzling action, an intriguing story, and talented actors make this female-driven adventure well worth the time; the writing and some thought-provoking notions about immortality make it special. Gina Prince-Bythewood, now the first Black woman to direct a big-budget actioner, delivers on both grand and intimate scales. The device of introducing a novice who needs to be schooled in the whys, wheres, and hows of the characters' origins works wonderfully well; the audience absorbs the backstory along with the newbie. And, though The Old Guard is based on a series of graphic novels, it's played with straightforward honesty and intimacy, not the often tongue-in-cheek tone of most comic book superhero tales.
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