A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this violent thriller about a family (including Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage) terrorized by a quartet of burglars includes lots of fighting, shooting, and blood, as well as threats with a syringe full of some kind of deadly paralyzing drug. There's some sexual innuendo and talk about an extramarital affair. Language is very strong, including multiple uses of "f--k." At various points, characters smoke pot, drink wine, and smoke cigarettes, and a teen prepares to snort cocaine at a party (he rubs some on his gums). One character is a drug dealer.
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What's the story?
Slick salesman Kyle (Nicolas Cage) deals in diamonds to support his lovely wife, Sarah (Nicole Kidman), and pretty teen daughter, Avery (Liana Liberato). His work is interrupted one night when a quartet of burglars invades the house, looking for loose diamonds and/or piles of cash. Their plan quickly goes awry when Kyle starts using his salesman skills to find an advantage. At first it looks like Kyle is merely trying to save his family, but eventually it becomes evident that he's trying to hide a desperate secret. Unfortunately, he's not the only one.
Is it any good?
Written by Karl Gajdusek of the TV series Dead Like Me, TRESPASS looks like it has the nugget of a good idea that could have led to a good movie, but this isn't it. Director Joel Schumacher is a Hollywood veteran with some interesting films on his resume but also a great many turkeys. He can't quite get the tone right on this one; it starts out pitched a bit too high and gets even higher as the movie goes on.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the movie's violence. Is all of it necessary to the story? Is it thrilling or brutal?
Kyle attempts to stand up to his attackers by talking to them. Is this a good way to deal with bullies? What other ways can people deal with bullies?
Is Kyle a good role model? Is he a hero or an antihero? Is he likable?
How does the movie portray drinking and drug use? Are there realistic consequences?
- In theaters: October 14, 2011
- On DVD or streaming: November 1, 2011
- Cast: Cam Gigandet, Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman
- Director: Joel Schumacher
- Studio: Millennium Entertainment
- Genre: Thriller
- Run time: 91 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: violence and terror, pervasive language and some brief drug use