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Overall B+

The first few times we may have wondered if it was a bird or a plane. Now we just aren't sure which Superman it is! This time the man of steel is being played by Henry Cavill. But the plot is still the familiar story of an alien baby arriving on earth, then growing up to be a super hero.

Violence C-
Sexual Content B+
Profanity C+
Substance Use B-

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language.

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Man of Steel

According to an online article by The Independent, Man of Steel has already brought in millions of dollars from product placements and has positioned itself at the top of the charts for the use of this marketing technique. In addition to several references and depictions of IHOP, can you spot Sears, U-Haul, Chrysler and Nokia merchandise among others?

How do the filmmakers update this old story and incorporate new technology into it?

What environmental messages does this script include?

What are the advantages of having an embedded journalist cover a story? What challenges does this type of reporter have for soldiers, explorers or others he or she is covering? Are there times when journalists should not be allowed into an area?

Why does Clark’s father try to protect him? How does he help his son realize he has been “born for greater things”?

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