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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hercules stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as an older and more experienced version of the legendary warrior. Directed by Brett Ratner and based on a comic book, the movie has lots of action/fantasy violence, a high body count (people are killed in battle, as well as by wolves and crushed by falling structures), and a scene in which a boy's life is threatened. There's also occasional but not frequent strong language (mostly "s--t," plus one "f--king") and brief flashbacks of Hercules' wife looking sultry, kissing or even disrobing (her behind is shown). People unfamiliar with the legend will learn about certain aspects of it -- like Hercules' "twelve labors," including fighting the Nemean Lion, the Lernaean Hydra, the Erymanthian Boar, and more.
  • Families can talk about Hercules' violence. Does the fact that the battle scenes show so much violence at once make it easier to watch in some ways? Would you consider that desensitization?
  • Compare this version to other movies about Hercules. Which one(s) do you prefer, and why? Does the movie make you want to learn more about the legend?
  • Why are myths and legends so popular in pop culture?
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