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Green Lantern

Released

Latest Home Video

Oct 14, 2011

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

114

Director

Martin Campbell

Cast

Ryan Reynolds

Blake Lively

Peter Sarsgaard

Studio

2011 Warner Brothers Pictures

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Still shot from the movie: Green Lantern.

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OverallB
ViolenceC-
SexB-
LanguageC
Drugs/AlcoholC+
Run Time114

Making the Grades

In some of his more recent roles, Ryan Reynolds plays a mercenary mutant in X-Men Origins-Wolverine, a hen-pecked personal assistant in The Proposal and an American contractor taken captive in Iraq in Buried. Now donning a skin-hugging bodysuit, the muscled actor takes on the character of comic book protagonist The Green Lantern—not to be confused with the superhero wannabe in The Green Hornet.

Before getting his life-altering powers, Hal Jordan (Reynolds) is a cocky, impulsive, womanizing test pilot who chokes back his fears by performing outrageously reckless stunts. (One of which results in the crash of an expensive F-35 fighter jet.) And he’s not much more sensible on the ground. Not only does he live by the adage of "love ‘em and leave ‘em", the playboy is also the perfect poster boy for driver distraction when he tries to wrap a birthday gift while racing to work.

In the eyes of the universal powers that be (Mark Strong), Hal looks to be the least likely candidate to join the intergalactic alliance of the Green Lanterns, a group dedicated to protecting and policing the cosmos. Yet chosen he is, by a dying alien (Temuera Morrison) who crash lands on a rocky shoreline near Hal’s home.

Initially Hal proves to be fairly smug about his new abilities. After all, what could be headier for a pilot than to fly through the stratosphere without the encumbrance of a plane’s limitations? Yet he trivializes the importance of his powers and approaches his new duties with a kind of nonchalant, "aw shucks" I’m a superhero attitude. (This outlook leads to some of the film’s better comedic moments.) However, when the responsibilities of his role are revealed, he feels his old anxieties about living up to expectations beginning to surface.

Like all film adaptations, The Green Lantern will leave some purists complaining about altered storylines and the inclusion of extra characters. But for general audiences, the screenplay describing this superhero’s origin falls pretty much in line with the string of other such action figures we’ve seen over the past few years. Taking up most of its time with introductions and establishing motivations, the movie sets itself up for a sequel—with a hint of what is to happen at the end of the credits.

Unfortunately along the way, the script includes frequent depictions of violence between humans and aliens, including one scene in which a character sadistically takes the opportunity to incinerate his father. In another sequence, three men attack and viciously beat a character. All combined, the mayhem may prove too intense for the under 13 set.

Still for older teens looking for sci-fi action without too much unnecessary sexual content and language, The Green Lantern includes positive character development and strong messages about the worth of humanity and the importance of facing personal fears. Not bad from a guy who runs around in green tights.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Green Lantern.

Fear can be induced by many external factors while willpower seems to be internally motivated. Can other people affect a person’s individual will? Why does Hal believe people must admit they are afraid before they can face their fear?

How do the characters develop during this story? Is Hal Jordan a better role model by the end of the movie? Is he a better superhero? How does he compare with better-known figures such as Superman and Wonder Woman?

What does this film say about the worth of humanity? How do the expectations or life legacy of fathers affect their offspring in this story?

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG Violence.
AB PG Frightening Scenes, Not Recommended for Young Children.
MB PG Not Recommended For Young Children, Violence, Frightening Scenes.
ON PG Violence, Not Recommended for Young Children.
QC G Not Recommended For Young Children.
NB
NS
NL
PE
PG

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Green Lantern...

Green Lantern releases on home video on October 14, 2011. Bonus extras include:

- Deleted Scenes

- Maximum Movie Mode with PIP

- The Universe According to Green Lantern

- Ryan Reynolds Becomes Green Lantern

- “Justice League #1” Digital Comic

- Preview of Green Lantern: The Animated Series

- Access code for Sinestro Corp Batman Skin on the Warner Bros. Interactive video game

- Batman: Arkham City

- BD-Live 2011

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Jada Martin says: Jul. 03, 2011

We went to see this because it was paired up with Cars2 at the drive in with our 8 year old, intending that he would be asleep by the time Green Lantern started. That didn’t happen. Instead I spent the whole time in the back of the truck keeping my son from looking at the movie while husband watched. It is pretty scary for a child under 10 or 12. There was this large black alien mass with a glowing face that tries to eat people and engulf a city. There are also these characters with bloated disfigured heads that are some what disturbing to see.
Definitely don’t bring a child under 12. The computer animated creatures are frightening. I didn’t like looking at them and I’m not a kid!

jo_steen@comcast.net says: Jul. 20, 2011

I would not even bring a child over 13 to this dirty language film. Using the word G—-D—- within 30 min of starting the movie was enough for me! I had to walk out of the movie. This was only the beginning of the foul language!

Not PG13 R rating

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