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Superman Returns

Even the man of steel can become old news if he stays away too long, or so Clark Kent (Brandon Routh) finds out when Superman Returns. While it appears Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has forgotten him and moved on with her life, there is at least one person who still remembers -- his former enemy Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey). Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: C
Sexual Content: B+
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Theater Release: 27 Jun 2006
Video Release: 27 Nov 2006
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.

Superman’s father Jor-El tells him that humans can be a great people if they have someone to show them how. What noble characteristics does Superman embody that would improve society if they were embraced? What does he willingly sacrifice for the good of others?

Many recent films have depicted the dark side of superheroes. Is a “bad boy” character more appealing? Are these portrayals the result of changing societal values? Can a superhero be both good and appealing to the masses? What personal struggles does Superman face?

How does Superman treat women in comparison to Lex Luthor?

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