Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that A Warrior's Heart is a message-heavy, teen-becomes-a-man sports (lacrosse) film with a romantic subplot. Hoping to capitalize on the popularity of the Twilight saga films' secondary actors, Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene are spotlighted here. The filmmakers make an earnest effort to show the Native American origins of lacrosse and acquaint viewers with the sport as a vehicle for inspiring healthy competition. There's some athlete-upon-athlete brawling, temper tantrums, and a brief shot of a jeep blowing up during wartime; there's also some mild swearing ("s--t," "damn," "hell"), and a Native American man is referred to as "a crazy Indian." Lutz's "abs" are featured in multiple scenes, and there are a few romantic kisses. Spoiler alert: The predictable plot is set in motion by the death of a parent.
A few romantic kisses between a boy and a girl falling in love.
Some rough lacrosse action: hitting with sticks, tackling, hard hits to the body. Several short fights between furious teens (in a locker room, on sports fields). A jeep blows up, killing a Navy officer.
Occasional mild swearing: "s--t," "hell," "damn," "kiss my butt," "pissed." A Native American is referred to as "a crazy Indian."
For the most part, constant pat messages are delivered in dialogue and music cues rather than being well-integrated into the story and characterizations. Examples: "Your heart will lead you where you need to go"; "Finding yourself and knowing who you are lets others be a part of your world, too"; "Some people are made stronger by hardships"; and "A warrior gets the job done."
STX lacrosse equipment, Coca-Cola, Gatorade, and Red Bull are referred to in dialogue.
Drugs / Tobacco /
People are seen drinking beer after a memorial service. A Native American drinks a few beers while mentoring an angry kid in an Outward Bound-type setting.