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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
There are some positive messages in this story about love, friendship, and loyalty, but they're secondary to the overwhelming, obsessive nature of Edward and Bella's relationship and Bella's willingness to give up everything else to be with Edward. This time around, the couple does compromise on several points (when to have sex, when to "turn" Bella, whether she can stay friends with Jacob) instead of seeming to be completely led/directed by Edward.
Positive Role Models
Bella is loyal and brave, but her relationship with Edward is too obsessive for her to be a purely positive role model for teens (or adults!). They love each other and protect each other, but she's ready to give up her family and her best friend for him at the age of 18. On the other hand, all of the main characters have admirable qualities that make them brave and loyal. Charlie and Bella are very close, even though their relationship isn't completely honest on her part. Jacob puts aside his pride to convince his pack to help the vampires and protect Bella.
Violence & Scariness
This is the most violent Twilight movie to date, with an extended battle scene between the army of newborn vampires and the Cullen/werewolf alliance. Several decapitations and dismemberments (though no blood, since vampires break like ice when they're cut in half) and a high body count overall. In one disturbing flashback, a woman is shown about to be raped (though some younger viewers may miss that this is what's happening).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
As both the books and the movies progress, there is increasingly more kissing and sexuality because Edward isn't as afraid of touching Bella. Jacob and Bella share a passionate kiss. This installment also features two unwanted kisses that end in slaps across the face. Jacob is frequently shirtless; in one scene, he warms Bella with his body (no sensitive body parts shown).
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Less swearing than most PG-13 movies. Language includes "ass," "bad-ass," "damn," "hell," "bloodsucker," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Slightly less consumer product placement in this installment of the series, although Edward's car is again a Volvo SUV (XC60). The movie also has huge merchandising tie-ins with Volvo, the Lip Venom comsetics line, Mattel, Hot Topic, and more.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In Rosalie's flashback, her fiancé is shown drinking with several friends, all of whom are drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the third installment in the Twilight movie phenomenon is more mature than its predecessors but ultimately still age-appropriate for teens. As always, it's critical that parents understand that the story's central relationship is extremely intense -- almost to the point of addiction or obsession -- with Bella more than willing to forsake everything (even seeing her parents again) to turn into a vampire and join Edward for eternity. There's more vampire-on-vampire and wolf-on-vampire violence this time around; the climactic battle scene includes bloodless decapitations, dismemberments, and close-contact fighting. Compared to the first two movies, there's also quite a bit more sexuality -- with several passionate kisses and a frank discussion about virginity and first times. All of that said, like Stephenie Meyer's Twilight books, Eclipse has very little swearing and, except for one flashback scene, no drinking. 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 David Slade and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg do a nice job of rounding out some characters who felt flat in Twilight and New Moon. In particular, Rosalie (Nikki Reed) and Jasper (Jackson Rathbone), both of whom were grating in the first two films, are tolerable and even sympathetic now that their histories are being explained. With the franchise's ever-growing budget, it's no surprise the action scenes are also much better this time around, with the vampire-and-wolf battle looking far sharper and intense than anything in Catherine Hardwicke's original Twilight movie. The Eclipse soundtrack is another compilation of indie-music darlings like Vampire Weekend and Sia, and it adds just the right note of angst and longing to accompany the high-stakes, high-drama proceedings (let's not pretend anyone actually thought any of these main characters would actually die -- that's just not Meyer's style).
As with any adaptation, not everything from the book makes the transition to the screen -- here, that means far less of the wolf pack, which is a shame, since their thought-sharing abilities and the inclusion of a female wolf, Leah (Julia Jones), are some of best parts of the Eclipse book. Jacob, of course, gets plenty of screen time, and Lautner shows more depth as he pines for Bella and declares that he will love her "until her heart stops beating" -- and possibly even after (Pattinson and Stewart, meanwhile, manage to look slightly less catatonic throughout the story). In a key scene, Lautner absolutely kills in delivering a line to Edward: "Let's face it, I am hotter than you." Wink, wink. Eye candy aside, Eclipse is the best of the Twilight movies yet and should dazzle the millions of devoted fans.
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