What parents need to know

Parents need to know that R.I.P.D. is a sci-fi comedy that's likely to remind many viewers of Men in Black. It revolves around characters who die and come back as "ghost cops," whose job is to catch dead people who are still walking the earth. Violence is frequent but generally bloodless and cartoonish, with plenty of fake-looking computer-generated effects/creatures (some of whom may still be pretty scary for little kids) and lots of flipping cars and smashed buildings. There are also some shooting scenes. Things get a bit more serious when the main character deals with saying goodbye to his beloved wife. Language includes a few uses of "s--t," as well as one or two uses of "bitch" and "ass," and there's some kissing/suggestion of sex, as well as jokes at the expense of groups like women and Chinese people.
  • Families can talk about R.I.P.D.'s cartoonish violence. Was it scary or exciting? Does any of it seem real?
  • Is the movie scary? How does it see the monsters in this movie? Are they funny, or sad?
  • Did you notice any stereotypes in the movie? How do you feel about the movie's portrayal of women, Chinese men, etc.?
  • Does the idea of a dead main character make the movie seem depressing? How does such a light movie handle such a dark idea?
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