Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
Nineteen years have passed since Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) set off on his last adventure. His return will rank this movie as one of the most anticipated renewals of a franchise since Star Wars. It’s an onerous task to live up to, and Ford—like the rest of us—hasn’t gotten any younger.
Still a professor at the fictitious (Frank) Marshall College (named after the prominent producer of the series), it’s now 1957 and Indy is pulled into a difficult dilemma when he inadvertently finds himself working for the Russians. Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) is a cold, indomitable spy, and she’s determined to locate a mysterious crystal skull that, when placed in a specified location of a lost city in South America, will bring her country unstoppable power.
Escaping from the grasp of the Soviets, Jones returns to teaching only to learn, in this era of hypersensitive politics, that he has been suspended due to suspicions of conspiring with the enemy. Deflated, the aging hero is about to accept his demise when a young stranger interrupts his plans. Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf) persuades Jones to help him find one of the most enigmatic archeological discoveries known to man—the Crystal Skull of Akator.
The ensuing adventure is the exciting stuff most of us have been eagerly looking forward to; yet families will want to carefully consider the content before taking children in tow. Perhaps the best suggestion is to preview past Indiana Jones adventures as a reference point. This new chapter offers similar action, but the violence seems just a shade lighter even though there is still ample carnage on screen. People are gunned down with machine guns in more than one sequence, men are lit on fire, a nuclear bomb is demonstrated killing a couple more people, and there are dozens of fists to the face, falls from cliffs and other physical brutality. Finally, there are these giant “red” ants that eat people alive—likely to be voted as the nastiest form of death in the movie.
On the positive side, Indy doesn’t have the time (or perhaps energy?) for the usual sexual escapade that punctuates the former movies. Other than a discussion about an illegitimate child, there is no sexual content. Profanities are also relatively infrequent, with a few terms of deity and scatological words.
Traveling around the world, bulldozing his way through jungles, and fighting off bad commies on every turn, our intrepid hero manages to convince us that such antics are still possible—even when one qualifies for seniors’ discounts. Ford is determined to use stunt doubles as little as possible and that choice is evident in the film. Hence, the pacing is a tad slower than previous outings. Nonetheless, Lucas has penned a story that keeps us engaged and Spielberg knows how to pull every ounce of potential out of a scene. This famous team isn’t known for flops, and this title will not be an exception.Starring Harrison Ford, Ray Winstone, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen. Theatrical release May 21, 2008. Updated November 7, 2013
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Rating & Content Info
Why is Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull rated PG-13? Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is rated PG-13 by the MPAA PG-13 for adventure violence and scary images.
Indy is back after nineteen years, and the character has moved ahead the same amount of time. It’s 1957 and America is boiling in the paranoia leading to the Cold War. This leaves Indiana’s allegiances in question after his involuntary decision to work with some Russian spies. Violence is the prime concern in deciding if young ones should be introduced to this hero. Bullets from machine guns fly in many scenes, taking lives of background characters. For a brief moment men are seen burning alive. A nuclear bomb destroys a “simulated” town where some real people are inadvertently killed. A swarm of giant ants covers various people, eating them alive (visual details are not explicit). The “usual” special effects scene shows a person disintegrating. Various scenes have people punching each other, as well as fighting with swords and other weapons. Overall, this violence is bloodless and not overtly explicit. Profanities include some terms of deity and scatology. Sexual content is limited to a discussion about an illegitimate child and a brief scene where a man is presumably naked (shown from the waist up) while being cleansed from radioactive fallout. Tobacco smoking and social drinking are depicted in a few scenes.
Page last updated November 7, 2013
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Parents' Guide
What elements in this movie are specific to the time period in which it was set? What other things do you notice that may not have been as accepted (or even downright impossible) during the 1950s,? How does the “fun” and lighthearted approach, along with the music, allow you to forget such serious concerns?
Crystal skulls are real archeological mysteries. Some of the websites the producers of this movie researched include:
The most recent home video release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull movie is October 14, 2008. Here are some details…
Blu-ray Notes: Indian Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Release Date: 17 December 2013
Paramount Pictures has announced a Blu-ray release of each of the four movies in the Indian Jones Franchise. Sold individually, these tiles include:
Bluu-ray Notes: Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Paramount is releasing all four of the movies in the franchise about the great cinematic archeologist and packaging them into one 5- disc Blu-ray set called
Indiana Jones whips up some excitement on the home video market with the release of The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It is available in three versions: the single disc edition, as well as the 2-Disc DVD and the Blu-ray edition.
If you choose either of the last two options, your journey with the intrepid adventurer will include three featurettes (Return of a Legend, Pre-production and Making Crystal Skull), a text/photo gallery, Frank Marshal’s Indy Photo Album and the theatrical trailer. Audio tracks are recorded in Dolby Digital (English).
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The character of Indian Jones was first introduced to audiences in the 1981movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. That movie was followed by two sequels: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. As well, Harrison Ford is known for his iconic role as Hans Solo in the Star Wars franchise. Actor Shia La Beouf also worked with director Steven Spielberg in the film Transformers and played another youth dealing with treasure hunters in Holes.
May 13, 2008:In anticipation of the 2008 release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Paramount Home Entertainment is re-releasing to DVD the Indiana Jones series (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade)