A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some positive themes of family not just being the one you're born into. Even young people can save the day.
Positive Role Models
Parents care for their daughter, but during much of the movie viewers don't know where they are. Paramon is a positive guide who encourages Ksyusha to help save the city, but is often drinking and known as "the resident drunk."
Main character is a bright young girl who is charged with saving the city. Minimal racial diversity.
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Violence & Scariness
Several scenes with witches and zombie-like ghouls chasing a young girl, including a scene with hordes of them scaling a wall after her and trying to pull her down. A main character falls to their perceived death. Scary scenes are intensified with eerie music. A woman drugs a man with a magical drink to take him home with her while he sleeps. Bullying.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married couple kiss. Picture of a woman baring her cleavage is hanging on a wall. Some flirting among adults. A jealous ex-girlfriend tries to seduce a married man and distract him from his family.
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Mild language, including the words "damn" and "stupid."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Main character's adult guide is known as "the resident drunk" and is often drinking, gambling, or having a drink in hand. Adults drink at a restaurant.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Time Guardians is a Russian film (dubbed in English) with perilous adventures that could scare younger kids. The movie contains many creepy elements, including zombie-like ghouls, witches, and creatures often chasing the young main character. Some scenes that may be scary for younger viewers are intensified with eerie music. The young hero's helper is an impolite alcoholic who often has a drink in hand and insults her as much as he helps her. There's some bullying among school kids. The film includes heavy themes, such as abandonment after the recently adopted child is taken from her family following an accident. The villain is a jealous ex-girlfriend who tries to seduce the girl's father and distract him from his family. She does this by giving him a glowing magical drink to make him fall asleep while she takes him back to her place. The father breaks off the encounter before they kiss. The woman later appears as the witch who tries to capture the young girl using a team of monsters. Some mild language, including "damn" and "stupid," is heard. The story does have some positive themes of family not being only the one you're born into and of young people saving the day. 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 Time Guardians is a dark fantasy tale with striking visuals but a lackluster story. The beginning is hard to follow as the story flips back and forth between a father sharing his story with his daughter and real life. The English dubbing over Russian doesn't help, since it's tricky to know when he's narrating or actually talking to his daughter. Once you get past that, the movie quickly gets dark, with a jealous ex-girlfriend who not only seduces the young girl's father, but also later turns out to be a witch who chases the girl around the city with a band of monsters.
Fans of dark fantasy films may find this film intriguing. The cinematography and visual effects are quite striking at times, but in the end, the story falls flat. Those who can suspend disbelief and hang on for an hour and a half may enjoy it. And the spooky characters could amuse younger thrill-seeking viewers, but the rest may be wishing they could fast-forward time to get to the end.
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