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Still shot from the movie: Ender’s Game.

Ender’s Game

Earth was invaded once by an alien force, clever enough to understand human strengths and capitalize on their weaknesses. The survivors of that attack are determined to never let it happen again so they are training a different type of leader. Their most promising recruit is a young boy named Ender (Asa Butterfield). Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: C
Sexual Content: A
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 114
Theater Release: 01 Nov 2013
Video Release: 11 Feb 2014
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.

A character in this movie says, “The way we win matters.” Is defeat a good thing, regardless of what it may cost? What does Ender learn about his enemy? How does the attitude toward the enemy differ between adults and children?

Is there a lesson in this film about killing in a virtual world (like a video game) versus in reality? How were video games used to prepare these young soldiers? Do you think video games can desensitize us to violence in reality?

How does Ender deal with bullies? Do you think he goes too far? Why do you think the creators of this movie chose to reduce the explicit violence detailed in the novel? How does violence on the printed page differ from visual violence on a movie screen?

This movie is based on the book Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card.

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