Lions For Lambs parents guide

Lions For Lambs Parent Guide

In trying to avoid having an overt agenda, this movie sadly seems to lack an opinion.

Overall C+

Who ever said, "Words can never hurt you," hadn't seen Lions For Lambs. Here, their power and influence eventually draws together the fates of various people, including a lecturing university professor (Robert Redford), two of his students (Derek Luke and Michael Pena) who follow his council to change the world by enlisting in the war in Afghanistan, and an ambitious senator (Tom Cruise) who baits a journalist (Meryl Streep) into using her pen as a sword in his political fight.

Release date November 8, 2007

Violence C-
Sexual Content B
Profanity D
Substance Use B

Why is Lions For Lambs rated R? The MPAA rated Lions For Lambs R for some war violence and language

Run Time: 92 minutes

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At a large California university, Dr. Malley (Robert Redford) has taken an interest in one of his students: Todd Hayes (Andrew Garfield), a bright young man who has all but stopped attending class. Attempting to find out why Todd’s attendance has deteriorated, Dr. Malley quickly takes an opportunity to motivate his pupil by relating a story about two of his erstwhile students: Arian Finch (Derek Luke) and Ernest Rodriguez (Michael Peña), who believed so strongly in their ideals that they enlisted in the Army. Meanwhile, the Republican senator for Illinois, Jasper Irving (Tom Cruise) has brought reporter Janine Roth (Meryl Streep) in to try and sell her on a new plan for military victory in Afghanistan – a plan which involves both Arian and Ernest.

Making overtly political movies is a tricky business. Typically, such films tend to either lean to one side of the political spectrum (which makes them more narratively cohesive and simple), at the expense of alienating viewers of other opinions. Lions for Lambs tries to be a little more centrist in nature, but this only serves to muddle any concrete message the filmmakers may have intended in the first place. I’m not saying that every movie about war and philosophy has to have a clear partisan agenda, but a clearer opinion would be nice.

Which is really a shame, because it has an outstanding cast. Robert Redford is, as always, a captivating presence, a feat even more impressive because he has to compete for screen time with Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise. If that weren’t enough, Andrew Garfield and Michael Peña ought to keep you focused on the story. With so many big names wandering about the screen, you might expect that the movie could overcome some narrative vagueness on personality alone. You wouldn’t be entirely mistaken, either, but it’s just not enough.

But at the end of the day, the film mostly just feels like a mashed up polemic with no real agenda. It isn’t terrible, but it also isn’t nearly as strong as it might have been. It’s also largely unsuitable for a family audience, thanks to its profanity and brief moments of violence. In its defense, Lambs for Lions has a good deal less profanity than many films which focus on the military, but even that is more than you might want to listen to with your grandmother. If you can look past the preachy writing and odd pacing, then the strong character acting is worth watching, and to its credit, the film does raise legitimate questions about the roles of media, government, and the citizenry – it just fails to give clear answers.

Starring Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford. Running time: 92 minutes. Theatrical release November 8, 2007. Updated

Lions For Lambs
Rating & Content Info

Why is Lions For Lambs rated R? Lions For Lambs is rated R by the MPAA for some war violence and language

Violence: An individual sustains a gunshot wound, which is plugged with a finger. Two people fall from a helicopter and are shown injured. Several people are shown being shot. A compound fracture is shown. Some blood is seen.
Sexual Content: There is one brief sexual reference.
Profanity: There are 13 extreme profanities and 19 scatological terms. There are also around a dozen uses of mild profanities and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: An individual is shown spitting while chewing tobacco

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Lions For Lambs Parents' Guide

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