What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Battleship (inspired by the classic Hasbro board game) is the kind of summer alien adventure that, like Independence Day, features a doomsday alien invasion that only a select armed forces group can fight against. As you'd expect, there's a high body count -- mostly due to all of the building- and ship-destroying explosions that the aliens -- though not much gore. Many high-tech weapons are used, one female character dresses somewhat suggestively, and the language can be occasionally salty -- "s--t," "bitch," and two cut-off exclamations of "motherf--er." Although the effects-heavy action is filled with scenes of targeted violence, there are ultimately some positive messages about rising to the occasion and overcoming your fears.
  • Families can talk about Battleship's violence. How does the fact that much of it is larger than life affect its impact? How is it different watching aliens get hurt than human characters?
  • What are some of the cliches associated with alien-invasion movies? Why are they such a popular genre to release in the summer?
  • This movie marks Rihanna's transition from music to film. Was her celebrity status as a pop superstar distracting in the role?
  • Why do rogue characters like Alex tend be more compelling than always-good characters like Stone?
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DRINKING & DRUGS
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