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Still shot from the movie: Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of The Ring.

Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of The Ring

In the rich literary tapestry of JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth, an unlikely assortment of heroes set out to destroy an evil ring of power. Mostly faithful to the classic novel, LOTR fans will find this an elaborate and impressive adaptation. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: D
Sexual Content: A
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 178
Theater Release: 19 Dec 2001
Video Release: 27 Aug 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of The Ring Rated PG-13?


Overall: B

In the rich literary tapestry of JRR Tolkienís Middle Earth, an unlikely assortment of heroes set out to destroy an evil ring of power. Mostly faithful to the classic novel, LOTR fans will find this an elaborate and impressive adaptation. Unfortunately it’s also laden with gratuitous violence making it not a recommendable choice for children—and all others are cautioned.

Violence: D

Numerous battle scenes throughout the film show armored men fighting with swords, bows and arrows, spears, axes, magic scepters and staffs. Many on-screen deaths are depicted (including decapitations), along with dismembered body parts sometimes flying through the air. Creature interrogated in medieval-style torture chamber. Even with the carnage, little blood is shown. Frightening and scary dialog, scenes, and character depictions. Characters in peril are chased and taken captive through out. Magic is used to inflict injury. Innumerable decaying corpses are shown. Characters attacked by creature with tentacles, ghoulish monster swinging a club, and a large fire-breathing monster with whip. Mention of human flesh as reward for fighting. Character who cannot swim nearly drowns.

Sexual Content: A

Man caresses woman’s neck, they then kiss. Woman kisses man.

Language: A-

One indiscernible expletive muttered.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B

Characters engaging in drinking at social occasions, in taverns, and in their homes. Characters remark on large size of beer mug. Some background characters depicted as drunken. Characters often shown smoking pipes. Drug reference made in connection to weed being smoked by characters. Use of herbs for medicine.

Miscellaneous content:

Reckless use of fireworks causes risk to public safety. On two occasions, stealing is engaged in as a prank. Dark and sometimes frightening special effect used to change appearance of characters tempted to do evil, or under spell of magic. Mention of evil disembodied spirit. Spell-casting depicted. Magic spell exerts power on character. Insects are shown in a brief scene. Recurrent fiery visual effect. Numerous ominous and dark settings. Volcano threatens eruption. Many ghoulish and hideous-looking creatures: one born out of a mud pit. Character verbally berates another.

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