The Lost City parents guide

The Lost City Parent Guide

Thanks to its excellent cast, this is a lively, madcap adventure that harkens back to classic screwball comedies.

Overall B-

Theaters: Author Loretta Sage is happy to sit at home with only her books for company, but with the release of her new novel she has to go on a publicity tour. While on tour, Loretta is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire. Now Loretta's only hope for rescue is her handsome cover model.

Release date March 25, 2022

Violence C
Sexual Content B-
Profanity B-
Substance Use C+

Why is The Lost City rated PG-13? The MPAA rated The Lost City PG-13 for violence and some bloody images, suggestive material, partial nudity and language.

Run Time: 92 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Since the death of her archaeologist husband four years ago, Loretta’s (Sandra Bullock) life has stalled. She doesn’t want to leave her house and she’s lost her zest for writing romance novels. Needing to kick off sales for The Lost City of D, she reluctantly embarks on a publicity tour with cover model Alan (Channing Tatum). After listening to fans repeatedly ask Alan to remove his shirt, Loretta has had enough. Unwilling to sit through interviews with a guy she sees as all-pecs-no-brains, she stomps out of the hotel…only to be kidnapped.

The villain behind her abduction is Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe), overlooked son of a media tycoon. “It’s a gender-neutral name,” he insists, as he informs Loretta that he needs her specialized archaeological knowledge to help him find the treasures of the Lost City of D before the nearby volcano erupts. Incredulous, but aware of her peril, Loretta drags her feet as she waits for rescue. What she doesn’t know is that Alan is determined to prove to her that he’s more than just a pretty face. With the help of an ex-navy SEAL (Brad Pitt with Fabio hair), Alan has put himself in charge of saving the damsel in distress.

The obvious point of comparison for this film is Romancing the Stone, another movie about a romance novelist who unwillingly endures a jungle adventure. Of the two, this is by far the better film. It’s a whole lot funnier and there is less negative content. Instead of a bedroom scene, this film features carefully filmed rear and side male nudity with extended shots of Loretta removing leeches from Alan’s backside. The behavior is definitely not sexual - Loretta is gagging as she pulls at the leeches - but when Loretta (not the audience) sees Alan’s genitals the two have a conversation that is laden with innuendo. Aside from this cringe-y moment, the movie’s real content issue is violence. There are multiple scenes of personal combat where people are punched, thrown, and choked. Firearms are frequently used and in one scene a person is killed off-screen as large amounts of gore splatter all over other characters. This is not a movie for viewers who are easily disturbed by blood or peril. The PG-13 rating is appropriate and it should not be watched by children.

Negative content aside, The Lost City is a lively, madcap adventure that harkens back to classic screwball comedies. It’s well paced, the jokes are usually funny, and the characters are appealing. Channing Tatum occasionally feels a bit flat, but Sandra Bullock shines as the jaded Loretta. There are no surprises when her adventures provide a parallel personal journey, bringing her from loneliness and anxiety to courage and openness. But just because her transformation isn’t surprising doesn’t mean it can’t also be heartwarming. Her relationship with Alan might be unlikely, but the alteration in her perceptions certainly proves the truth of the adage, ‘You can’t judge a book by its cover (model).”

Directed by Aaron Nee, Adam Nee. Starring Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe. Running time: 92 minutes. Theatrical release March 25, 2022. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is The Lost City rated PG-13? The Lost City is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for violence and some bloody images, suggestive material, partial nudity and language.

Violence:   There are frequent scenes of peril and combat. In a make-believe sequence, a man and woman are tied up and surrounded by menacing snakes. A woman is kidnapped and sedated against her will. There are frequent scenes of hand-to-hand combat where people are punched, hit, and choked. Cars blow up. A person is shot off screen but a large quantity of blood splatters on to other characters. Men on motorbikes unintentionally drive over a cliff. A man is told to kill someone “creatively”. A woman deliberately starts a fire inside a vehicle. A man falls off a cliff. People are locked inside a stone tomb.
Sexual Content: A man and woman kiss. A man is seen naked from the back and side (no visible genitals) and there is a coded discussion about his genitalia. A woman wears a skin-tight, very low cut jumpsuit. A man is repeatedly asked to remove his shirt. A man pushes his head under a woman’s backside to boost her up a steep incline. A person reads a few suggestive lines from a romance novel but there is no detailed sexual content.
Profanity:  The script contains 18 terms of deity, three crude anatomical terms, and a single scatological curse.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A main character drinks alcohol to manage stress. Adults drink alcohol in social situations. A man smokes a cigar and blows the smoke in a woman’s face.

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The Lost City Parents' Guide

How does Loretta see Alan? What experiences or preconceptions led to her assessment of him? What changes her perspective?  Have you ever had to change your opinion of a person? What caused your mistaken perceptions in the first place?

Home Video

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Romancing the Stone is an earlier version of a similar tale, i.e. a romance novelist on an adventure in the jungle.

In The Lost City of Z, the real life Colonel Percival Fawcett goes on a quest to find a lost city in the Amazon jungle.

An intrepid botanist and her brother go seeking a fabled healing flower in Jungle Cruise. Little do they know that undead conquistadores will stand in their way.

The archetypal treasure-seeking adventure is Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. This adventure sees Indy braving snakes in Egypt as he tries to prevent the Nazis from obtaining an artefact with supernatural powers.

Viewers of all ages can get a comic adventure fix from Muppet Treasure Island.

If it’s romance you’re looking for, a wealthy young man and spunky young woman learn to question their assessments of each other in Pride and Prejudice.