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Two Brothers



Stunningly beautiful, but too intense for little kids.
  • Review Date: December 22, 2004
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 109 minutes

What parents need to know

Violence & scariness

Characters in peril, hunting, most violence off-screen.

Sexy stuff

Brief shots of revealing native attire.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some very sad Bambi-style moments and some violence, mostly off-screen. The tiger cubs' father is killed and their mother is shot and wounded. Sangha mauls a dog (we only hear about it and it's made clear that the dog wasn't killed) and Kunal is beaten (off camera). There are tense confrontations and unhappy relationships. Some kids may find it uncomfortable when a mother is attracted to someone other than her husband and believes he is flirting with her, when a child loses his pet, or when characters speak harshly to each other. A strength of the movie is the positive portrayal of an inter-racial and inter-cultural romance.

What's the story?

TWO BROTHERS begins as two tigers meet in the jungle of Southeast Asia and are drawn to one another. Soon they have twins, shy Sangha and adventurous Kumal. They frolic, explore, and tease each other in the huge ruins of a great temple. Then adventurer Aidan McRory (Guy Pearce) arrives in search of sacred sculptures. The father tiger, trying to protect the twins, attacks one of the hunters, and McRory shoots and kills him. The mother tiger carries Sangha to safety, but Kumal is left behind. McRory befriends him, but must leave him with the village leader. Kumal ends up in a circus, being trained to act fierce and jump through a hoop of fire. Meanwhile, McRory helps a French official set up a staged tiger hunt for a cruel and insecure prince. The tiger he captures for the prince to shoot is the twins' mother. Sangha goes to live with the official's young son who loves him and cares for him tenderly. But Sangha is given to the prince, who wants to see him fight another tiger -- Kumal.

Is it any good?


Two Brothers is the story of magnificent creatures gorgeously photographed in a story that is quietly told and genuinely touching. The images are stunningly beautiful, with breathtaking close-ups of the twin tigers, who are expressive and moving both as frisky cubs and as adults. The story is truly told from their point of view, with long spaces of no dialogue. It's a true gift to see a story that trusts its audience enough to let them discover the story for themselves and that understands the eloquence of silence.

The human characters are vivid enough to give the story more depth and context, but not so much that they interfere with the fairy-tale like journey of the heroes of the movie, Sangha and Kumal.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how McRory and an English-speaking native (who will become his wife) debate the morality of killing wild animals and taking sacred artifacts from ruins, in terms of the different ways that people see those issues and also about the way they discuss them with each other. What kinds of arguments are persuasive? How did his father's disappointment in him affect the prince? How do you know when it is "good to take a chance?"

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 25, 2004
DVD release date:December 21, 2004
Cast:Freddie Highmore, Guy Pearce, Jean-Claude Dreyfus
Director:Jean-Jacques Annaud
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Book characters, Science and nature, Wild animals
Run time:109 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:mild violence

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Adult Written bykyrasmom April 9, 2008

We saw this movie twice!

I took my daughter to see this movie at a movie screening and we both really enjoyed it! The hunting of the tigers really bothered her but she loved the happy ending and how the protaganist learned a very important lesson. After the movie she was very interested in talking about why the tigers are dwindling and wanting to do something about it. We even went to see a second screening of the movie the next week!
Adult Written byscum1 April 9, 2008

Great family movie

Sure it's not all happy happy joy joy but it has a message. You can't shield your kids from reality. My 10 and 6 year old daughters loved the movie. It is sad at some points but it has a happy ending. This movie is what meaningful family movies are all about. If you have compasion you will like it. You can even (gasp!) talk with your children about it after you watch it since they will have concerns and feelings they want to discuss.
Teen, 15 years old Written byAlexH April 9, 2008

Not that great...

Two Brothers, the story of two tiger cubs separated at birth, is a get-the-tissues-out kind of movie, but only for the most sensitive people. There is some minor violence (e.g. gunshots) that may scare littler children. So-so acting, predictable plot and drab visuals make this movie completely forgettable. But if you're an animal lover, those tigers are adorable!


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