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Still shot from the movie: War of the Worlds (2005).

War of the Worlds (2005)

In this Steven Spielberg adaptation of this classic H.G. Wells' novel, Tom Cruise takes on the role of a divorced dad trying to protect his children (played by Justin Chatwin and Dakota Fanning) from the unthinkable --an attack of aliens beings from another world. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: D
Sexual Content: A
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Theater Release: 26 Jun 2005
Video Release: 21 Nov 2005
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.

How do the crowds react when the aliens appear? Why to they seem to be drawn to the center of a disaster? How does that affect the efforts of the police to maintain control?

Ray is portrayed as a self-centered father with little time for his children. Does his character change during the course of the story? What are his motivations for protecting his children?

Starring as the children’s grandparents in this film, Gene Berry and Ann Robinson played the main characters in the 1950’s version of The War of the Worlds.

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