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Crippled from the waist down in battle, Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) knows he will never walk again. Then he gets the unexpected opportunity to become an Avatar -- the mind link that controls the body of a genetically engineered alien life form. When he is sent to the home planet of the Na'vi and his virtual self begins interacting with the inhabitants, the soldier starts questioning the purpose of his military mission. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: B-
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 161
Theater Release: 18 Dec 2009
Video Release: 15 Oct 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

How might Cameron’s talent for visually engaging filmmaking contribute to his lack of script development?

Why do people often use the term "savages" to dehumanize another race or group of individuals? Is there any humane way to conduct war?

Cameron’s film appears to attack the ills of capitalism, military invasions and the destruction of the environment. However, what impact does moviemaking itself have on these issues? Does the director’s supposed desire to make money support an anti-capitalist theme? What kind of environmental damage is created during a film’s production? What about the huge amounts of garbage produced in theaters? Does this film glorify violence while appearing to call it down?

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