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Still shot from the movie: The Golden Compass.

The Golden Compass

After Lyra Belaqua (Dakota Blue Richards) overhears a secret conversation about a special dust believed to have extraordinary powers, she finds herself thrown into the middle of a battle over the control of the magical material. The young girl discovers new allies and unexpected foes as she tries to navigate through dangerous, parallel universes with the help of a truth-revealing Golden Compass. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B-
Violence: C
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Run Time: 113
Theater Release: 06 Dec 2007
Video Release: 28 Apr 2008
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.

In the movie, Lyra and her friends are fighting for the right to make their own decisions, rather than being forced to follow the values and beliefs of the Magisterium. How important is freedom of choice to you?

What roles can governments play in maintaining or usurping this freedom? Could peaceful societies exist without laws?

Do you think religion “forces” individuals to conform? What is the difference between guidance and enforcement? What are the benefits of make good decisions for ourselves?

How might the controversy generated by this film have been affected if the Magisterium had been given a different name and costumed in military uniforms instead of clergy clothes?

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