Parents' Guide to

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sexy honeymoon, disturbing pregnancy dominate vampire tale.

Movie PG-13 2011 117 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 74 parent reviews

age 6+

edwards face scares me

OK SO SENSE BELLA AND EDWARD GET MARRIED AND GO ON A HONEYMOON AND THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF INNAPROPRIATE SCENES. WELL I BET YOUR HONEYMOON HAD SOME INNAPROPRIATE SCENES AND UR KIDS ARE GOING TO HAVE INNAPROPRAITE SCENES ON THEIR HONEYMONEY. SO TECHNACHLY THEIR JUST LEARNING SOMETHING. ok so i just wanna say that the only innapropriate and hirrifying and terrible part in this movie is that i had to sit through bout 3 hours of edwards face.
age 14+

It's good, but not for kids!

So... I watched this when I was 12, and my entire family was surprised by how much more inappropriate it was than the first 3. The story has several objectionable points: the 42 minute honeymoon, (which isn't that graphic but it's more than expected) the birth scene out of a horror movie, swearing, various fights, and more. (You can easily skip the 4 minute birth scene, but, come on, the honeymoon is 42 minutes!) As we left off Bella and Edward in Eclipse, they were about to get married. That happens in Breaking Dawn, and the wedding is probably the most humorous part of the entire saga. So, after the wedding they go on this really romantic retreat in Brazil or something. And then Bella gets pregnant with a half human, half vampire baby later known as Renesme Carlie Cullen. I really liked the movie but it was 100% for older kids. Overall a good film.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (74 ):
Kids say (210 ):

This first installment in the two-part finale is all relationship melodrama with very little action, so fans of the special effects-driven fight scenes will be disappointed. Director Bill Condon faithfully focuses on the soap-operaish bits -- the quickie wedding (which provides the movie's first and last look at Bella's hilariously confused human friends, who wonder, "Who gets married at 18?"), the romantic honeymoon, and the ensuing high-risk pregnancy that culminates in one of the most horrific birth scenes (worse than Rosemary's Baby!) ever put on film.

After Bella discovers her pregnancy, the movie basically turns into a pro-life discussion, which will endear some viewers and appall others. At least Lautner finally shows that he can do more than scowl and show off his six-pack as he grieves (and cries!) for his beloved best friend. Stewart and Pattinson's penchant for broodiness is perfectly matched with Bella's sickly and Edward's bereft demeanor. The thin plot (no one really believes the wolves are a threat with Jacob so devoted to Bella, so it's all about the pregnancy) is so over-the-top with the "fetus" vs. "baby" arguments that by the time the birth happens, it's just a relief to be done with the discussion. With its faithful depiction of key passages and lines, BREAKING DAWN is likely to please Twihards but could disturb casual fans.

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