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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Marines are fierce, loyal, resourceful, and determined men and women whose training sets them apart from members of other American military branches. Fighting global terrorism has changed the way the military must fight since many terrorist enemies have neither uniforms nor states of origin.
Positive Role Models
Many brave young men and women join the Marines for the noblest of reasons -- to protect their country, to provide aid to those in need, and to serve and sacrifice.
Violence & Scariness
Marines suffer agonies in training. They learn to be strong enough and brave enough to endure harsh conditions and dangerous situations. Many have died in conflicts and rescue missions.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that We, the Marines is a 37-minute, high-production value celebration of the good values that U.S. Marines stand for and thus could easily be mistaken for a recruiting tool that will attract young viewers. The film offers moments from grueling boot camp training. We see recruits jump from planes, escape from submerged helicopters, and shoot missiles at targets from flying helicopters. The piece extols the undeniable virtues of team work, selfless sacrifice, and dogged determination, all hallmarks of Marine training. Narrator and former Marine Gene Hackman explains Marine motto "semper fidelis," which means "always faithful," and describes the intense loyalty Marines are taught to develop for fellow corps members. Marines are seen dragging "wounded" comrades as they are trained to never leave Marines behind. Intense training exercises are shown, and violence is implied as much of the work Marines do is connected to either war or combat situations. "Hell" is heard. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a beautifully-made film that justifiably emphasizes the nobility and inherent goodness of service to country. However, it doesn't dwell much on the potential negative physical and psychological consequences such service can entail. Given how young many Marine recruits are -- some just out of high school -- We, the Marines would seem far more well-balanced if it spent a little more time on the horrors of war and the harsh realities of committing to this type of service. Still, older kids in military families will find a lot to celebrate, as will kids considering a military career.
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