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Still shot from the movie: The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug.

The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug

In part two of this trilogy, Bilbo the Hobbit (Martin Freeman) and Gandalf the wizard (Ian McKellen) continue on their quest to help the Dwarves regain the treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B+
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 161
Theater Release: 13 Dec 2013
Video Release: 08 Apr 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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How We Determine Our Grades

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.

This movie is based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit.

What is Bilbo Baggins learning about himself? Would he have made these discoveries had he stayed at home? Do we avoid “adventures” that could allow us to grow? Has the Internet and video games altered our perceived need to “experience life”?

What do the various “ethnic” groups in this movie discover about each other? Do you think they will ever be able to completely ignore their differences? What do they learn about working together?

 

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