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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
There's no shame in wanting to defend those who are disenfranchised and disempowered. And if you're made for that mission, you shouldn't -- and possibly can't -- avoid it.
Positive Role Models
Logan is a tortured soul, desperate to escape the immortality of being the Wolverine. But he's also a staunch defender of those who can't defend themselves or are persecuted by others, and he can't ignore his strong sense of justice. Yukio and Mariko are strong women who won't stand for evil overcoming good, even if it requires putting their lives on the line.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of action violence in scene after scene, many of which involve knives, swords, and guns. Wolverine has metal claws that slash at his enemies, maiming and killing them. Soldiers gut themselves and others, and ninjas wield swords and engage in brutal hand-to-hand combat. Many, but not all, of the scenes are bloody and are accompanied by bone-crunching sounds. A massive explosion decimates the land in the first 10 minutes of the movie. A villain attacks by injecting venom in others; their skin turns yellow and blistery. Attackers shoot arrows into victims, and they're shown staggering around.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some kissing and flirting. A couple is shown presumably after having sex, under covers cuddling together. A man is shown with two women at a private rendezvous, all of them kissing and in their underwear. A villain wears very revealing clothes and sometimes attacks her enemies with a passionate kiss that turns dangerous.
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Language includes infrequent use of "bitch," "s--t," "a--hole," "ass," "hell," "damn," "my God," and, in one particularly intense moment, "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Coors, Molson Canadian, and Audi make notable appearances. There are off-screen marketing/promotional tie-ins as well, with Adidas and other brands.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man drinks whisky alone to blast away his loneliness. Some drinking in bars and at parties.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Wolverine is a fascinating look at the iconic X-Men character and how his past intersects with his present. It's a bleak journey that's often punctuated with violence -- the action scenes are ferocious and vicious, with weapons (guns, knives, arrows, claws, and more), explosions, and bloody hand-to-hand combat -- and some melancholy. Expect some swearing ("s--t" and one use of "f--k"), a bit of drinking, and some romance (one scene shows three underwear-clad characters kissing each other) between the unrelenting action sequences. 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 James Mangold's venture into the X-Men canon doesn't let its romantic plotline interfere with the action -- which borders on the overwhelming. (Note to filmmakers: The violence doesn't have to be unremitting for a thriller to be thrilling.) The script still sounds wooden at times. But there's enough here to make us fall in love with Wolverine all over again (past appearances in previous disappointing outings notwithstanding).
Superhero movies often use their characters' pain as catalysts for more mind-bending (and sometimes mindless) action sequences. Not so with The Wolverine. Here, Mangold informs the action with a relevant, significant look into Logan's origin story, turning the past into Wolverine's haunting -- and ultimately freeing -- present. Jackman is more than well-equipped to handle the complications. His beefy physique is in stark, affecting juxtaposition to Logan's vulnerability. And it's so nice to see an action movie in which the women aren't just window-dressing to be calmed and rescued after carnage. Fukushima and Okamoto stand shoulder to shoulder with Jackman, sometimes saving him from the brink. Stick around for the end credits, which offer a tantalizing hint of things to come.
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