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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Based on spy novel author Tom Clancy's character, a young Jack Ryan helps the CIA uncover a terrorist plot to sabotage the US economy. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: B
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 106
Theater Release: 17 Jan 2014
Video Release: 10 Jun 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.

This movie is based on a character created by Tom Clancy. The plot is not directly based on any of Clancy’s novels featuring Jack Ryan.

Why does Cathy tell Jack to wait two minutes before he takes his painkillers? What are the dangers of prescription drug use—especially for patients suffering from extreme injuries?

One character says that regrets can pile up around a person like unread books. Can a person live a life without any regrets? What regrets, if any, do you have?

What are the challenges of playing a character that has been portrayed by many other actors, such as James Bond or Superman? What do you think of Pine’s version of Jack Ryan?

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