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Still shot from the movie: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Clary Fray (Lily Collins) has no reason to believe she is anything but a normal teenager until her Mom (Jocelyn Fray) is kidnapped by a demon and she begins seeing ghosts. Slowly, her true destiny is revealed and she is enlisted to help save mankind. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: B
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 130
Theater Release: 21 Aug 2013
Video Release: 03 Dec 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.

This movie is based on a series of novels by Cassandra Clare.

Jamie Campbell Bower who plays Jace also had roles in the Harry Potter and Twilight series. What appeal do you think his character has to viewers in this genre? What kind of actors best fit the fantasy image? Can an actor get pigeonholed in a particular role because of their looks?

If you could have any super power what would it be?

What role do parents play in this movie? Can a person choose to make different decisions than their parents did? Why do some of the characters believe that, “to love is to destroy”?

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