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Expect violence, romance in fantasy author biopic.
  • May 10, 2019
  • PG-13
  • 2019
  • 112 minutes

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tolkien is a biopic based on the early life of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings novels. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult), a language-loving orphan living in England, finds friendship and inspiration in a group of fellow students who start referring to themselves as a "fellowship." He also meets and falls in love with Edith Bratt (Lily Collins), his future wife. But when England enters World War I and Tolkien's relationships are threatened by danger and distance, he's inspired more than ever to pen what will become his epic fantasy novels. Expect some realistic scenes of war, as well as imagined fantasy elements like dragons and monsters. There will also be some romance. But overall, this looks appropriate for mature tweens and teens, especially fans of Middle Earth.

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