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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Characters are too one-dimensional to be considered positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
A little girl falls to her death while hanging off a railing inside an orphanage. A little boy is shown in silhouette and heard getting spanked by a priest. A receptionist is shot and killed. Gunfire, police, and military casualties. Fighting with punches and kicks.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man and woman in bed, post coitus. A woman keeps a top-secret equation in her bra; the lead character reaches for it. Occasional references to the Saint's prowess with women, and a joke about the antagonist's lack of skill in bed.
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One use of "f--k." A priest calls the children of an orphanage "bastards."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Russian mafiosi snort cocaine. Wine drinking at dinner. The Saint makes an escape by dressing like a Russian alcoholic homeless man and passes a bottle of vodka to an actual Russian alcoholic homeless man, who immediately drinks from it. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Saint is a 1997 action movie starring Val Kilmer as a thieving man of mystery who meets his match in a brilliant scientist played by Elisabeth Shue. There is some drug use -- Russian mafiosi snort cocaine. There are plenty of gunfights and explosions, and a little girl falls to her death from a railing inside an orphanage. A receptionist is shot and killed in cold blood. A priest is verbally abusive to a young boy when he refuses to go by the name foisted upon him by the orphanage; he is shown in silhouette and heard getting spanked by the priest. One use of "f--k." The Saint makes an escape by dressing like a Russian alcoholic homeless man and passes a bottle of vodka to an actual Russian alcoholic homeless man, who immediately drinks from it. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's not the worst '90s action movie but it certainly isn't the best, either. It must have been strange and a bit difficult to try to make an action movie rooted in foreign intrigue in the years between the fall of Communism and 9/11. Without any clear-cut enemies, the best this adaptation of The Saint could come up with in terms of antagonists is a former Soviet Communist-turned-billionaire-energy-industrialist trying to overthrow the Russian government with the assistance of the Russian mob. Fair enough, but compared to, say, the gestapo or the KGB or today's "enemies of the state," a tale of disguises and unrelenting authority eluding in this context falls short. While there's still plenty at stake, there's just not as much at stake as saving the world from nuclear destruction or world domination by the bad guys.
Also, there's the issue of Val Kilmer, who plays the Saint. While he's not terrible, he's not exactly giving each new identity some kind of amazing performance either. While the identity of the "tortured artist" is funny in the context of Kilmer's performance as Jim Morrison in The Doors, in the context of the story itself, it feels completely beyond ludicrous that someone who is supposed to be as brilliant as Elisabeth Shue's character could possibly fall for such a self-parody. And there isn't even much chemistry between Kilmer and Shue. Overall, more likely to interest nostalgic parents than current teens.
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