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Still shot from the movie: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Categorized as a "prequel," The Phantom Menace introduces us to the characters and a plot that are featured in the first Star Wars franchise. In this episode, a youthful Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) meets the boy Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd) and unwittingly starts him on the path to becoming the tyrant Darth Vader. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B+
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 133
Theater Release: 19 May 1999
Video Release: 21 Mar 2005
MPAA Rating: PG
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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.

Is it more acceptable to kill non-humans (robots, aliens, etc.) than human beings?

This movie has been criticized for its simple, almost innocent story line. Yet it is very much like its predecessors. Is this a reflection on the evolution of the movie industry over the last 20 years?

Re-releasing blockbusters in 3D to the big screen is big business in Hollywood. Learn more about the this film’s digital conversion here: http://www.primefocusworld.com/news/2011/03/lucasfilm-works-prime-focus-convert-star-wars-episode-i-phantom-menace-3d.

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