Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away parents guide

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away Parent Guide

"Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away" will still delight and amaze audiences who want to run away with the circus -- if only for a couple of hours.

Overall A-

After enthralling audiences the world over, the Cirque du Soleil offers moviegoers a change to enjoy all their circus magic in this 3D experience.

Release date December 20, 2012

Violence B-
Sexual Content B
Profanity A-
Substance Use B

Why is Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away rated PG? The MPAA rated Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away PG for some dramatic images and mild sensuality.

Run Time: 91 minutes

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Parent Movie Review

The Canadian group Cirque du Soleil began entertaining audiences in 1984 with a mix of circus and street performance acts. Since then the troupe has outdone itself time and again with new shows featuring incredible acrobatics and feats of agility.

Now the group teams up with Titanic and Avatar director James Cameron for a 3D theatrical presentation. While the filmmakers suggest this movie has a plot, it’s nothing more than a marketing ploy. The extent of the story involves Mia (Erica Linz), a young circus visitor who locks eyes with a high-flying aerialist (Igor Zaripov). When he falls down an Alice in Wonderland-like hole into another dimension, Mia follows in hopes of finding him. Her journey takes her through an array of tents with incredible sets and spectacular performances featuring troupe members from the Circus Marvelous.

Routines, including a sensual performance by a contortionist who tumbles around in the water of a clear hot tub-like container, a clown engulfed in flames, a group of extremely flexible women and synchronized swimmers, highlight the actors’ flexibility and athletic ability, but may not be suitable for all viewers. Some characters run around on huge gerbil exercise wheel-like contraptions and others execute choreographed fights high in the air. Yet of the many acts Mia experiences some seem too long or irrelevant to the limited plot.

And although stunning staging and eye-catching costumes provide ample visual stimulation in this 3D film, the camera work and editing sometimes make it difficult to fully appreciate the scope of the production. As well, being confined to theater seats unfortunately adds an element of detachment that ringside viewers won’t experience.

However if you aren’t ready to shell out the money for a live performance or the troupe doesn’t make a train stop in your location, Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away will still delight and amaze audiences who want to run away with the circus—if only for a couple of hours.

Directed by Andrew Adamson. Starring Erica Linz, Sophia Elisabeth, Dallas Barnett, Lutz Halbhubner. Running time: 91 minutes. Theatrical release December 20, 2012. Updated

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away
Rating & Content Info

Why is Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away rated PG? Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away is rated PG by the MPAA for some dramatic images and mild sensuality.

Violence: A teen girls snub another character. A character is engulfed in flames. Moments of peril occur when characters spar on a vertical wall and during a choreographed fight scene.

Sexual Content: Characters wear scanty clothing, some with blinking lights on the breast. A sensual act involves a woman in a clear tub of water.

Language: A man uses a crude term for a female.

Alcohol / Drug Use: A woman holding a drink appears to be a little tipsy.

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Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away Parents' Guide

What athletic abilities do these characters display? How difficult would it be to do many of these feats without grimacing or shaking? What kind of preparation and training would these performers have to undergo?

What was your favorite act in the movie? Why did it impress you?

Learn more about this traveling circus here: http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/welcome.aspx

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away movie is March 12, 2013. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

Release Date: 12 March 2013

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away releases to home video in three packages:

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away on DVD:

- Feature film on DVD

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away:  Blu-ray Combo Pack

- Feature film on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy & UltraViolet

- Making Worlds Away

- A Day in the Life with Erica Linz

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away: Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack

- Feature film on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital Copy & UltraViolet

- Making Worlds Away

- A Day in the Life with Erica Linz

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