Twister

 
Decent disaster movie for teens.
  • Review Date: July 15, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Year: 1997
  • Running Time: 113 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

All of the characters put themselves in dangerous situations as part of their job, to study tornadoes. Some sex-related humor.

Violence

Jo's dad is killed by a tornado, as well as a few others. A man is impaled by flying debris. In the opening scene, a girl watches as a tornado carries her father away. There are many very intense encounters with the tornadoes.

Sex

One character is a "reproductive therapist" whose academic views on human sexuality provide comic relief.

Language

Moderate profanity, with one "F" word.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There's a mention of a character being drunk and naked.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that teens will be excited about the great special effects in this adventure movie, although they may be disappointed by the thin plot. Parents should know that the main characters are a soon-to-be-divorced couple who are still sexually attracted to each other. All of the characters put themselves in dangerous situations as part of their job. In the opening scene, a girl watches as a tornado carries her father away, and there are several frightening scenes involving the destructive storms.

What's the story?

When conditions create a perfect storm for multiple tornadoes, storm chaser Jo Harding (Helen Hunt) finds herself re-teaming with her ex-husband Bill (Bill Paxton) in an attempt to collect valuable data using their high-tech invention called DOROTHY. Meanwhile, corporation-funded Dr. Miller (Carey Elwes), armed with a similar device, tries to get the vital statistics before Jo and Bill.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Twister's raison d'etre is showing off elaborate special effects that create the experience of being near and even in a tornado. A tornado isn't an easy phenomenon to build a plot around--they can't be predicted more than three minutes in advance, and they don't last very long. So it's partly forgivable that the filmmakers haven't come up with much of a story. The relationship woes and scientific rivalries only serve as filler between the wholly believable scenes featuring huge objects hurtling through the air.

The opening scene, about Jo's first experience with a twister, is both exciting and scary. After that, the filmmakers satisfy themselves with thrilling viewers rather than frightening them. They also drop so many references to The Wizard of Oz that families can make a game of counting them. It's a bit of a disappointment that scientist-turned-scriptwriter Michael Crichton doesn't challenge the audience a bit more here. Still, despite being cliched, the characters are likable. In particular, Helen Hunt is as inspirational to young women interested in science as Jodie Foster was in Contact.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of disaster films, and what makes a good one.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 27, 1997
DVD release date:August 27, 1997
Cast:Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Helen Hunt
Director:Jan De Bont
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Thriller
Run time:113 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:intense depiction of very bad weather

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Written byAnonymous October 6, 2014
age 10+
 

Twister review

========================================================= Sex/Nudity: Melissa is a "reproductive therapist" and while talking to a patient on the phone says, "she did not marry your penis -- okay, she didn’t ONLY marry your penis." A minor story from long ago of Bill being drunk and naked and throwing his bottle of Jack Daniels at a tornado. 3/10. ========================================================= Violence: Although they don’t involve man made violence, the storms leave quite a path of destruction (and a few deaths) and put the characters at risk many times from the tornadoes themselves and the large and small debris that whizzes toward them. Jo's father is yanked out of a storm cellar into a tornado (and killed). Bill rushes over, grabs Jonas by the shirt and throws a punch at him and they have to be separated (after learning that Jonas has stolen their idea of "Dorothy" -- the storm sensory device). A man is impaled by flying debris. Another man is killed when a tornado lifts his truck into the air and then crashes it into the ground. 5/10. ========================================================= Blood/Gore: A scientist is hit by a flying hubcap and gets a bloody slice across his head. A tornado victim has blood on her head and some blood on her nightgown. A scientist is impaled by some flying debris. 3.5/10. ========================================================= Profanity: At least 2 "f" words (both are hard to notice without closed-captions on), 12 "s" words, 1 slang term for male genitals ("wiener"), 8 hells, 7 damns, 6 S.O.B.'s, and 7 uses of each of "Jesus" and "Christ," 6 uses of "Oh my God" and "God," 3 uses of "Oh God" and "My God," 2 uses each of "G-damn" and "Jesus Christ," and 1 use each of "Swear to God" and "Mother of "God" as exclamations. 5.5/10. ========================================================= Alcohol/Drugs: A story from long ago about Bill being drunk and naked and throwing his bottle of Jack Daniels at a tornado. 0.5/10. ========================================================= Smoking: None. ========================================================= Twister is one of the best disaster movies ever made. It has amazing visual effects and it's hard not to enjoy. I give it an 8.5/10. =========================================================
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old August 3, 2009
age 10+
 

NOT A MOVIE FOR LITTLE KIDS!!!!!!! :( PERFECT FOR OLDER TWEENS!!!!!!! :)

My whole family (including my 8-year-old sister) watched the uncut version last night. First thing I have to say is the language is extremely profane. The word "f--k" is used once. The word "s--t" is used at least fifty-five times throughout the film. At least five times Bill Paxton's character refers to a man as a "son of a b---h". Two, the violence is pretty scary for younger kids. My 8-year-old sister had to cover her eyes a whole lot for the frequent twister scenes. Think of this: the film is 2 hours long; my sister only got to see about 40 minutes of it because of how much it scared her. She missed about 1 hour and 20 minutes of it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 7 years old November 8, 2009
age 4+
 

HEY PEOPLE

if you like twisters,watch the movie.if you dont like twisters,DO NOT WATCH THE MOVIE!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written byxotitanicox May 4, 2009
age 10+
 

Great movie!

I loved it! It was just everything about it, I loved the special effects and the main charaters! I highly recommend to anyone looking for an adventure!

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