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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The final installment in the Twilight series is about fulfilling your personal destiny, as Bella realizes that she was "born" to become a vampire. The importance of family and friendship is pivotal, as Bella decides to keep her father in her life, and the Cullens summon their vampire friends from around the globe to stand with them against the wrath of the Volturi.
Positive Role Models
Bella finally comes into her own and no longer relies on the Cullens to defend her. Her special defensive skills allow her to shield herself and those she loves from other vampires' offensive tactics. The Cullens are once again exceptionally generous and kind. Charlie Swan is a patient, understanding father who's willing to accept Bella as she is, even though he knows something is really odd about her. Parenthood changes Bella and Edward, who finally have someone other than each other to focus on and protect. Jacob is loyal to a fault.
Violence & Scariness
(Note: Potential spoilers ahead.). For most of the movie, the threat of violence looms, so the vampires practice their combat/defense abilities before facing the Volturi. In a flashback, a bloody-faced "immortal child" and his maker, a vampire "mother," are killed and burned. During the climactic battle scene, various characters (major and minor) are injured, beheaded, burned, and otherwise hurt -- and even killed (some of the deaths are likely to be shocking). One vampire can telepathically torture people, another immobilizes their senses, and other vampires show off their abilities in battle.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Now that they're married, Edward and Bella have sex in a rather prolonged, sensuous sequence that tends to focus on close-ups of their faces and flashes of skin -- but no graphic nudity. In the final shot of the love scene, there's a glimpse of them standing in profile, and viewers can see their bare backs and the side of Bella's breast. Various passionate kisses both between Edward and Bella and other couples in the movie.
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Language includes "ass," "damn," "hell," "bloodsucker," "crap," "idiot," "stupid," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Bella drives a Volvo, but otherwise there are fewer obvious product placements than in some of the other Twilight movies. Off-camera, there's loads of Twilight-branded merchandise, including apparel, posters, games, calendars, jewelry, toys, and accessories.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the final installment in the Twilight saga is a must-see movie for any fans (teen or otherwise) who've followed the series' page-to-screen adaptations -- as well as stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's public relationship. The movie is fairly faithful to the second half of the Breaking Dawn book, except that it amplifies the violent nature of the book's climactic battle between the Cullens and the Volturi. Several characters are tortured, violently beheaded, burned, ripped apart by werewolves, etc., and there are some shocking deaths (though, overall, not much gore). There's one long, sensuous love scene (with close-ups of bare skin and faces and a glimpse of the side of Bella's breast, but nothing more graphic than that), as well as several passionate kisses between various couples. Language is minimal, as in all of the movies in the series. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Director Bill Condon has once again captured the essence of the final Twilight book, with a few twists thrown into the mix that intensify the story's thrills and chills. Ultimately, this is a tale of Bella and Edward's need to protect their daughter and family from the bloody threat of annihilation. It's exciting to meet a host of vampires beyond the Cullen crew and to see how easily Jacob settles into the role of Renesmee's protector instead of Bella's pouty lovestruck friend. Foy, who looks startlingly like her onscreen parents, does a good job of being so sweet and adorable that of course dozens of vampires would flock to defend her.
Sadly, some of the most charming supporting characters have little to do in the final Twilight, like the wolf pack and even the Cullen sisters Rosalie and Alice. But the addition of all the extra vampires, most notably Lee Pace as a Revolutionary War friend of Jasper's, Rami Malek as an Egyptian vampire, and Case LaBow as one of the Denali tribe, almost makes up for the lack of the Quileute tribe. Fans of the book will be startled by the changes to one particular sequence in the story, but if they stay patient, they'll find that, as in the novel, Bella and Edward get their perfect piece of forever after all. (Be sure to watch during the credits for the chance get one more look at all of your favorite characters from the entire saga.)
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