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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some teamwork, but it's definitely overshadowed by the extreme violence and the fact that death is virtually meaningless.
Positive Role Models
Characters aren't deeply fleshed out, and a white, straight male character emerges as the "main" hero, but there is some diversity, including a heroic boy with autism, a female scientist who can fight and take care of herself (she doesn't need to be rescued), and several heroic non-white characters who choose to fight against difficult odds. Some bully characters tease and pick on the boy with autism.
Violence & Scariness
Extremely strong, graphic sci-fi/fantasy violence. Frequent shooting/use of guns, as well as more advanced weapons, like missiles. Lots of blood spurts/blood and gore. Tranquilizer dart in eye. Severed limbs/heads. Mangled bodies. Many characters die. Biting, stabbing, and slicing. A character is impaled on a tree limb. Hole in character's stomach. Exploding, crashing vehicles and spaceships. Characters fall from high places. Electric fence shock. Child in peril.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nude paintings, two of naked women and one of a naked man (full-frontal). Strong sexual innuendo/humor. Suggested naked female (shoulders visible).
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Extremely strong/frequent language includes countless uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "p---y," "c--k," "d--khead,""a--hole," "son of a bitch," "goddamn," "hell," "ass," and "retarded."
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Products & Purchases
Reference to Hostess Twinkies.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Brief drinking (liquor, beer), mainly in a social context. One character smokes cigarettes. Mention of a drug cartel.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Predator is the fourth movie in the Predator sci-fi/action series (not counting the two Alien vs. Predator movies). It's a lot funnier and more subversive than the others, but it's also extremely strong on graphic sci-fi/fantasy violence and language. The violence includes lots of guns and shooting, missiles, stabbing, slicing, and biting, frequently accompanied by blood and gore (including characters getting impaled and having eyeballs stabbed). Many characters die, and a child is loose in the midst of all this. Language is likewise extremely strong, with constant uses of "f--k," and "s--t." Nude paintings depicting both men and women are shown, strong sexual innuendo is heard, and there's suggested female nudity (only shoulders are shown). One character smokes, and there's brief social drinking (both beer and hard liquor). While the film's message of teamwork is overshadowed by the extreme violence, and a straight, white man emerges as the main hero, there is some notable diversity in representation among the other characters. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Fast, funny, and violent almost to the point of parody, this fourth entry in the popular sci-fi/action franchise is a subversive, playful twisting of the genre's cliches. And it's very likely to test fans' expectations. Consistently with all of the films in his long career as a successful screenwriter (Lethal Weapon, Last Action Hero) and his more recent efforts as a director (Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys), in The Predator, Shane Black gets inside the movie's engine and turns everything upside down. He's aware of old chestnuts like the pretty scientist, the ragtag band of misfit fighters, and the gifted child, but he uses them as if they were fresh again. They pop up when least expected.
Still, the plot is a jumble, and by the final stretch the action tends to overwhelm everything else; it can be exhausting. But it's also funny like an old-fashioned screwball comedy -- that is, laughing at a joke can make you miss the next three jokes. (There isn't just one "comic relief" character; everyone here is funny.) And the movie is well-paced. It never wears out its welcome, and the wrung-out feeling it leaves may be accompanied by happy grins. On a side note, Black had a short-lived acting role in the original Predator (1987), so being at the helm of The Predator must feel something like a monster-sized full circle for him.
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