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Still shot from the movie: The Host.

The Host

Earth is experiencing a season of peace because an alien race of parasitic souls has taken over. When Wanderer moves into the body of Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), she finds herself being influenced by her human host' emotions, resulting in an internal conflict between the two personalities. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: C+
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 125
Theater Release: 29 Mar 2013
Video Release: 09 Jul 2013
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.

Aliens seem to think that humans are incapable of getting along. Do our actions appear to confirm that? Are the aliens as peaceful as they claim to be? Can peace only be established when one group subjugates another or can it be found through making personal choices? Is independent will deemed more important than honesty, courtesy and kindness?

Why is it hard to feel empathy for the protagonist in this movie? How does the script try to make amends for the impact of the invasion? Is any invasion ever friendly?

This movie is based on a novel by Stephenie Meyer, who also authored the books that inspired the movie franchise, The Twilight Saga.

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