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Armageddon

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sci-fi disaster action, sensuality and brief language
Profanity:Some strong language
Nudity/Sex:Father enraged when he discovers his daughter in bed with her boyfriend
Alcohol/Drugs:Yes
Violence/Scariness:Intense
Diversity Issues:None
Movie Release Date:1998
DVD Release Date:1998
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sci-fi disaster action, sensuality and brief language
Profanity: Some strong language
Nudity/Sex: Father enraged when he discovers his daughter in bed with her boyfriend
Alcohol/Drugs: Yes
Violence/Scariness: Intense
Diversity Issues: None
Movie Release Date: 1998
DVD Release Date: 1998

The summer thrill ride movie is becoming as much of a 4th of July tradition as the picnic and the fireworks, and the 1998 version is “Armageddon,” the second movie of the year about a meteor headed toward earth. While the plot line is predictable (think “Dirty Dozen” crossed with “The Right Stuff”) and concocted almost by recipe (take one tough but lovable hero — Bruce Willis in his “Die Hard” mode — and add in a lovably diverse group of misfits, then wisecracks to taste and just a touch of sentiment and a dash of young love for seasoning), the 10-14 year olds in your household (and the 10-14 year old in many of us) will find that it delivers as a summer explosion movie. Parents should know that there are a few sexual references (one major conflict is that the main character’s daughter is sleeping with one of his men) and some strong language, but it is the intensity of the action that is the real cause of the PG-13 rating. Parents should also note that several major characters die. The age recommendation is only for kids who enjoy that kind of roller-coaster style excitement. Families should also discuss some of the moral questions that arise as people have to take risks and make sacrifices for the greater good.

  • Your Name

    i love the movie armageddon because the ending is so sad and the actors is such great actors. my favorite person on the movie is harry which is the father of the daughter who is in love with a.j. and is the captain! Armageddon would be the most scariest time to me if that really happen but it is fact thatit will happpen to earth years from now(not sure exactly when). it is a good ,movie for younger kids to watch cause there is only one intimate scene but the rest is very amazing for kids at age 9 and up can watch!!! im sure they would really enjoy watching this wonderful movie!

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Thanks so much! I enjoy this movie very much, especially the Harry character.

  • AKenjiB

    eh. I gotta disagree with you on this one. Yes, the ending is sad, but in the end, the film didn’t work for me. Too many special effects. Just really noisy and a pain to watch and listen to. There are also some serious logic issues, such as the fact that there is still gravity in space. The film is way too long and some of the dialogue is pretty bad. Affleck’s and Tyler’s chemistry just felt awkward to me. (I mean the scene when he’s playing with animal crackers on her chest, was that really necessary)
    however, like yourself, i am happy when someone sees more in a film than myself.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Thanks, AKenjiB — all very fair points!

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