Picture from Warrior
Overall C+

Strapped for cash, former marine Tommy Riordan (Tom Hardy) decides to enter a mixed martial arts tournament. His best chance for a win is a good coach, so he turns to his father (Nick Nolte), even though he has an alcoholic past. And the competition will also put him in the ring with his estranged brother (Joel Edgerton).

Violence D+
Sexual Content B
Profanity C-
Substance Use C-

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense mixed martial arts fighting, some language and thematic material

Talk to your kids about…


Why is posturing and smack talk (a sports term for trash talk used to rile up the opponent) so important for the fighters in the sport? What is the purpose of it?

What kind of risk does Brendan’s friend take when he agrees to train the former fighter? How does he exemplify faith and friendship? How would a loss have affected the trainer’s reputation?

What does Paddy mean when he says the members of his family are all lost? How does his obsession with alcohol relate to Captain Ahab’s obsession with the whale in Moby Dick (the book that Paddy is listening to on tape)? What role does forgiveness play in this family? Why does Paddy seem satisfied at the end of the movie?