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The Rite

Although he is skeptical of the reality of demonic possession, an American seminary student (Colin O'Donoghue) attends several exorcisms performed by a believing priest (Anthony Hopkins). Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C-
Violence: C
Sexual Content: B-
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 114
Theater Release: 28 Jan 2011
Video Release: 17 May 2011
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.

Michael seeks to find evidence of the devil’s existence. How does this movie provide that proof? Is it any easier to disprove the reality of God or the devil than it is to substantiate it?

What impact may Michael’s childhood have had on his spiritual uncertainty? How could a close association with death (such as working in a mortuary) influence a person’s outlook on life?

How might regrets or unresolved mistakes from the past affect a person’s mental wellness? Could that anguish be confused with mental illness or demonic possession?

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