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Has anyone seen this? Is it any good? Is it at all appropriate for an almost 13-year old? What about that Bourne movie that is getting good reviews?
Posted by Amy Welborn Dubruiel at 01:26 PM | Permalink
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I saw it a few weeks ago and it was not nearly as funny or charming as the reviewers made it out to be. There is some salty language, but not offensively so. Dynamite is a friendless, poor, teen-age uber-nerd who lives in the middle of nowhere in Montana or Idaho with almost no redeeming qualities other than the fact that he is basically non-malicious. At the end of the movie, however, he discovers one small talent about himself which may or may not auger well for the future. It's supposedly a "triumph of the human spirit" movie, but I didn't feel particularly triumphant or hopeful afterwards. The movie is ok, but I would wait for it to come out on video. By that time, your daughter will be slightly older and will have probably seen much more problematic fare. I don't remember that it had any hilarious, but bawdy gross-out scenes a la "American Pie" or "There's Something About Mary," if that is what you are concerned about.
Patrick Rothwell |
July 26, 2004 at 01:47 PM
Decentfilms.com liked the Bourne Supremacy and so does Barbra Nicolosi.
Jeff Miller |
July 26, 2004 at 01:59 PM
Screenit.com is a great resource if one wants to know the age appropriateness of a movie.
THE BOURNE SUPREMACY
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude- Extreme
Jump Scenes- Minor
Music(Inappropriate) - None
Tense FamilyScenes- Minor
Topics To Talk About -Mild
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude- Moderate
Jump Scenes- None
Music(Inappropriate) - None
Tense FamilyScenes- Mild
Topics To Talk About -Moderate
July 26, 2004 at 03:30 PM
It is very clean. There were two instances when I thought it was going to turn sordid, but it surprisingly took another route.
The star of the films is, I believe, a Mormon.
Mark R |
July 26, 2004 at 03:36 PM
You can get a sampling of nation-wide reviews on These are secular critics of course, but the consensus does tend to build in one direction or the other and the kinds of thing praised about a film are a clue to its appropriateness, apart from ratings.
Sandra Miesel |
July 26, 2004 at 06:28 PM
The USCCB also runs a movie review website with age-appropriateness included in the review.
July 27, 2004 at 08:39 AM
July 27, 2004 at 08:41 AM
July 27, 2004 at 08:42 AM
I enjoyed Bourne Supremacy--violent, of course, with good chase scenes, but no sex or nudity (there is a brief scene of a girl dancing on a table with clothes on at a disco in Berlin, but it lasts about 3 seconds). There was less killing than I thought there might be, which is good.
July 27, 2004 at 09:26 AM
"Disrespectful/Bad Attitude"...Oh my!
July 27, 2004 at 10:27 AM
For some reason, the address of the website I was talking about got left out of my post above: www.rottentomatoes.com
I assumed you were already looking at UCCB ratings and Catholic critics such as Stephen Greydanus.
Sandra Miesel |
July 27, 2004 at 10:40 AM
I look at most of what y'all suggest, not being an ignoramous about such things, but the truth is, I often find the information not quite what I need. Patrick Rothwell's comments, at the beginning of this thread, for example, were more useful to me than anything else I'd read about ND from any of those other sources! Sometimes it just takes people who are on the same wavelength...
July 27, 2004 at 07:57 PM
this movie may be intended for the now 23-26 year olds-maybe that is why you all have problems- this is one of the purest movies I have seen in a long time. Hilarious, the best movie, everyone should see it, unless you have a closed off uncreative mind.
August 07, 2004 at 10:09 PM
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