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The Musketeer

An action-packed, swashbuckling tale of a young man's quest to become a musketeer and to avenge the death of his parents, The Musketeer contains little gore and even less plot. General themes of violence, some sexuality, and an evil religious leader may have parents proceeding with caution. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C-
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: C-
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 104
Theater Release: 11 Sep 2001
Video Release: 26 Feb 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Dedicated to protecting the King of France is an elite group of men known as The Musketeers. But these swashbuckling swordsmen (with a propensity to drink and carouse at night) find their ranks disbanded and their leader imprisoned when they are falsely accused of assassinating a Spanish dignitary.

The Musketeer - Official site D'Artagnan (Justin Chambers) has dreamed of becoming a member of the loyal guard for fourteen years--ever since he witnessed the murder of his parents. Raised and trained by Planchet (Jean-Pierre Castaldi) the former tutor of his musketeer father, the young man is unsure if his motives are patriotic or merely a desire for revenge.

The Musketeer - Official site Arriving in Paris to find his heroes in a drunk and disorderly condition, D'Artagnan discovers the real source of political tension is Cardinal Richelieu (Stephan Rea). With ambitions to usurp the monarch's power by making him appear incompetent in the eyes of the people and other nations, the church leader secretly hires a group of henchmen to stir up trouble. Of course the leader of his mercenaries is none other than the killer D'Artagnan seeks.

The Musketeer - Official site The predictable plot thread of this movie only exists to string together countless displays of swordsmanship. If you're looking for action, then you likely won't be disappointed. The incredible stunts feature classic battle settings such as a stagecoach and a catwalk, plus fancy keg footwork, the use of ceiling beams as a toehold, fencing matches between men climbing ropes to reach a tower window, and a wine cellar conveniently full of ladders. Yet in spite of the countless deaths and injuries, very little blood is seen.

And what would a musketeer movie be without women? In this case the story relies solely on Mena Suvari, focusing on her big eyes, low cut dresses, and a peeping tom's view of her taking a bath (body parts carefully concealed). With some inferred male nudity, implied sexual relations between an unmarried couple, some sexual innuendo, plenty of tavern scenes, and negative religious portrayals, parents may have some reservations about this film being "All for one and one for all."

The Musketeer is rated PG-13:

Studio: 2001 Universal Pictures

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