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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is based on Tom Clancy's famous CIA agent protagonist, and includes a good bit of violence, from fast and clean shots (execution or sniper style) to more close-up drownings and stabbings and fights to the death or on moving vehicles. There's a little bit of romance -- mostly kissing and embracing in bed -- but mostly this is your typical violent (but not overly graphic) political thriller.
  • Families can talk about the popularity of rebooting and updating popular franchises. Why is the story of this particular CIA agent so compelling? Do you think the filmmakers did a good job of making him compelling to a new, younger audience?
  • What's your reaction to the violence in this movie? How does it compare to other thrillers -- is it more or less brutal? Do you think watching this kind of movie violence desensitizes teens and adults to brutality?
  • How does Chris Pine's version of Jack Ryan compare to the one played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck? Which actor/age do you prefer Jack Ryan the character?
  • Does the movie make you think more about current events and politics? Was it confusing why the Russians were the "enemies"? What do you know about the history of American-Russian relations.
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