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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

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Latest Home Video

Jun 29, 2010

MPAA Rating:

PG


Run Time:

116

Director

Chris Columbus

Cast

Logan Lerman

Kevin McKidd

Steve Coogan

Studio

2010 Twentieth Century Fox

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Overall B
ViolenceC+
SexB
LanguageB
Drugs/AlcoholB-
Run Time116

Making the Grades

If you haven’t read the book by Rick Riordan upon which this movie is based, it might not hurt to brush up on Greek mythology before heading off to the theater to watch Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) and the Olympians battle it out over a stolen lightening bolt. It makes more sense when you remember Zeus (Sean Bean), Poseidon (Kevin McKidd) and Hades (Steve Coogan) are brothers and that sibling rivalry is at the heart of this brawl.

Unfortunately Percy, the son of Poseidon, doesn’t know anything about his unusual parentage or the real identity of his buddy Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) who attends school with him. Dealing with dyslexia and ADHD makes getting through class challenging enough for the teen and going home is no easier. He and his mother (Catherine Keener) live with an abusive stepfather/husband (Joe Pantoliano) who constantly reminds the pair they are lucky to have him, while demanding their servitude and obedience.

Then one day while on a fieldtrip to a Greek history museum, Percy is suddenly attacked by his substitute teacher (Maria Olsen) who turns into a hideous winged creature. Though he is shocked by the experience, he is even more taken aback when he discovers his true identity and learns that he has been accused of stealing Zeus’ lightening bolt. With his uncle’s minions constantly trying to kill him, Percy is whisked off to a safe retreat in the middle of the woods where he meets hundreds of other kids who are also the offspring of a Greek god and human parent. Given a sword and body armor, Percy is immediately thrown into hand-to-hand combat training with other young demigods including Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario), the beautiful and skillful daughter of Athena (Melina Kanakaredes).

But practicing his swordsmanship seems a waste of time when Percy finds out his uncle Hades is holding his mother in the underworld. With plenty of adolescent bravado in play, Percy sneaks out of camp with Annabeth and Grover to rescue the captive. The journey they embark on allows for the introduction of numerous other mythical figures like Medusa (Uma Thurman), Persephone (Rosario Dawson), Aphrodite (Serinda Swan), a Minotaur, and five janitors who morph into the fearsome, multi-headed Hydra. The teens also become caught in a drug-like trance after eating lotus flowers in a ritzy Las Vegas casino. Finally breaking free of the stupor, they find themselves back on the road but with limited time to rescue Percy’s mom and prevent a brewing war between the Olympians.

Fortunately the script contains only brief sexual innuendo and discussions, and infrequent profanities. However the clashes between humans and mythological creatures include depictions of bloody injuries, weapon use (mainly swords and knives) and many moments of peril. In one scene a female character is decapitated and although there is no gore accompanying the portrayal, the lifeless head is repeatedly seen throughout the rest of the film.

In the same manner that National Treasure rekindled an interest in American History and Night at the Museum became an ad for New York’s Museum of Natural History, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief may spark curiosity about the ancient Greeks who ruled the world from their thrones atop Mt. Olympus.

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Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.

Why is Percy reluctant to take on his role as the son of Poseidon? Is it sometimes difficult to live up to parental or familial expectations?

Why does Percy’s mentor Chiron (Pierce Brosnan) believe training is so important? What life skills can teens practice before leaving home to help them be more prepared for adulthood?

What challenges of single parenting are portrayed in this film? What sacrifices does Percy’s mother make for him? How does Percy show his devotion for his mother?

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is based on a novel by Rick Riordan.

Canadian Movie Ratings

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

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief...

Release Date: 29 June 2010

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief releases on DVD and Blu-ray with the following bonus extras:

- 5 Extended and Deleted Scenes: The Museum   Grover Photographs Aphrodite,  Int. Pickup Truck   Grover Talks About Zeus’ daughter, Lotus Land Casino   Grover Dances, Lotus Land Casino   Percy, Annabeth and Grover Fight The Guards, and Hades’ Mansion   Hades Talks To Percy.

- Discover Your Powers Quiz

- The Book Comes To Life

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief on Blu-ray also includes:

- 5 Additional Extended and Deleted Scenes: The Infirmary   Percy Meets Annabeth, Aphrodite’s Daughters   Grover Jumps Into Spa, Int. Bus   Percy Looks At The Map, Auntie Em’s   Medusa Chases Percy, and Lotus Land Casino   Percy Meets 50’s Guy.

- Secrets of the Gods

- Inside Camp Half-Blood

- On Set With Brandon T. Jackson

- Meet The Demigods

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RosemaryG says: Feb. 17, 2010

I watched this movie with my 10 year old son, an avid reader and fan of the author of this series.  He and the 2 classmates he was with loved it.  Although the movie deviates GREATLY from the book, I would say that it was appropriate for children of this age.  Yes, there was quite a bit of violence but it was all set within a purely impossible/mythological context.  There was a tiny bit of sexual content/innuendo but I think it went over their heads.  Many virtues, such as bravery, loyalty, honesty and friendship were also present in the story, and should not be overlooked.

Sean says: Feb. 28, 2010

As a date night we went and watched this movie.  Not knowing the details or story line of the books we went to be entertained.  All was well for us until four characters in the movie needed to travel to the underworld.  The blatant sexual innuendo of a human character stating to a half human half goat character while in a seductive manner stating to the effect to never “having” one before-really ruined the movie for both of us.  I am surprised the rating was PG for this movie.  Why did they have to put that in the movie?  As I agree with RosemaryG with the virtues of the movie, that one scene was the the deal breaker for our home to bring in and become part of our family video library.

Movielover3 says: Mar. 22, 2010

This movie is terrific, but as I am speaking from the perspective of someone who read the book first, the movie was okay. The book was far better, in my opinion, but the movie also has its charming qualities that makes me want to see it again.

DaveB. says: Mar. 25, 2010

An excellent movie for my 10 year old but my 8 year old was disturbed by some of the monsters. Your child may be able to handle the fantasy portions of this movie but be careful!

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