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Real Steel

Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) finds himself forced out of the ring when the sport of boxing transforms from man verses man to robot verses robot. Moving with the times, he switches from fighter to promoter, but has little success until his estranged son (Dakota Goyo) and a recycled droid come into his life. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B-
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: B
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 127
Theater Release: 07 Oct 2011
Video Release: 24 Jan 2012
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.

Product placements are prolific in this film. How many did you see? Watch for a list at the Brandchannel.One of the prominent product placements in this movie is for beer. Should filmmakers allow alcohol promotions in a movie that is intended to appeal to many children? Why are beer and other liquors so often advertised at sporting events?

What legal ramifications could Charlie face for selling Max? What advantage would rich people have over others if there were no penalties for buying children? What other advantages do the wealthy have in his story? As a result, why is Max’s robot Atom so eagerly embraced by the crowds?

Although this film has a know-it-all child, how does he differ from many other similar characters? In what ways does he show his dependence on adults? How does he help his father step up to the responsibilities of adulthood? What positive things happen in their relationship?

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