Ender's Game

2013 PG-13 PT1H54M Blu-ray / DVD

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Ender's Game

2013 PG-13 PT1H54M Blu-ray / DVD
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Talented preteen children, including Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, discovered by humanity's military International Fleet, are trained for battle against the alien insectoid Formics ("Buggers") invading Earth.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
Subtitles
English, English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
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Reviews

age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Ender's Game is the highly anticipated adaptation of Orson Scott Card's best-selling 1985 sci-fi novel. While there's not any sex and only very minor language, there's a lot of violence in the militaristic story: from two near-fatal personal fights to weapons-based strategy competitions to simulated war battles to the annihilation of an entire planet and alien race. The book author's outspoken political comments have led to controversy surrounding the film, but the film itself promotes positive messages about empathy and moral responsibility, honest communication between adults and children, and peaceful diplomacy as superior to military aggression.

Sexual Content

Bonzo is obviously jealous of Ender spending time with Petra and commands him not to train with her. Ender and Petra have a sweet friendship. They hold hands on a couple of occasions, and she comforts him when he's upset.

Violence

There is both personal and wide-scale violence in the movie. The prologue shows how bug-like aliens killed millions of humans. Ender severely injures two different guys while defending himself against their personal attacks (the first fight is bloody and the second is a fist fight that ends with a head trauma). It's unclear whether either boy survives. Battle and Command School require sparring and strategy games using weapons. An entire planet is destroyed; humans commit genocide against an alien nation. One minor surgery scene shows a bit of blood on a removed implant.

Language

Insults include "smart-ass," "balls," "jerk," and "coward," plus "crap."

Social Behavior

There are plenty of messages in the movie about moral responsibility, the dangers of offensive wars, the psychological trauma of military training and war on child soldiers, and the importance of peaceful diplomacy, compassion, and empathy in human society. The movie is very inclusive and multicultural, since the global community has formed one international fleet to defend the earth from invasion.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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