Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Left Behind is the bigger-budget reboot of 2000's indie hit Left Behind: The Movie about the Rapture, in which all of the world's good people are whisked away to heaven, leaving the rest behind. There's some general chaos, shouting, pushing, shoving, and looting, as well as a plane crash scene. There's no language or sex, but the main character seems about to have an affair, and women are shown in somewhat sexy outfits. A minor character is shown to be a drug addict; she removes a hidden stash, remembers a "bad trip," and has track marks on her arms. For those who don't come to the film already buying into the story, the message is muddled and somewhat hopeless, and the presentation is awkward. Many fans of the series (in addition to the previous movie, there are several best-selling books) will likely flock to it, unless they have an issue with Nicolas Cage in the lead role.
The main character plans to have an extramarital affair (but it doesn't come to fruition). He takes off his wedding ring and is seen flirting. The female characters are dressed in somewhat sexy clothing.
When the Rapture occurs, people disappear, causing general panic. A man is shot while leaving a store, and the shooter comes out, pointing the shotgun. Angry people honk and yell at each other from their gridlocked cars, and people run around, pushing and shoving, searching the streets for loved ones. People also start looting. There's a minor plane collision and an intense, forced plane landing, with lots of fire. Viewers hear a story of a woman and children who died in a flood.
Bad people are punished, viewers spend 110 minutes with them and find out that they're really not so bad, and then we leave them to apparently face some kind of horrible misery. The point is unclear, and kids could be upset by this hopeless message.
A kid mentions a sale at Game Stop.
Drugs / Tobacco /
A secondary character is shown to be a drug addict. She hides in the bathroom and removes a little plastic bag filled with white powder from the tip of a lipstick container. Track marks on her arm are shown, and she wears sunglasses to hide her eyes. She speaks about having once had a "bad trip."