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  • PG-13
  • 2h 42m
  • 2009
Certified Fresh82%
Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
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From Academy Award® winning director James Cameron comes Avatar, the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people.
© 2009 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh82%
Critics Consensus: It might be more impressive on a technical level than as a piece of storytelling, but Avatar reaffirms James Cameron's singular gift for imaginative, absorbing filmmaking.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Action-heavy epic has dazzling effects, familiar story.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that James Cameron's sci-fi epic Avatar is about humans colonizing the planet Pandora, home to the Na'vi. The movie is long (at 161 minutes) and intense, with several effects-heavy battle and hunting sequences that show the devastation of imperialist violence and the right that Indigenous groups have to protect themselves and their land. These scenes include missile-launching military aircraft, neurotoxin-laced arrows, scary Pandora-dwelling fauna and flora, and lots of explosions. Salty wartime language includes many uses of "s--t," "​​bitch," and more. As in his previous films, Cameron infuses the action-driven story with strong female characters who are important to the plot, and crafts a morality tale about treating others with respect centered in a romantic relationship. ​​Main character Jake uses a wheelchair in his daily life and a Na'vi "avatar" body to interact with local populations, and the human-Na'vi relationship in question gets a bit complicated because the human is actually using his Na'vi avatar. Na'vi clothing makes parts of their bodies visible from time to time. The romantic leads have chemistry that's sometimes sensual. (Note: Fans of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender should know that this movie is in no way connected to that show or the movie based on it.)

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Fantasy, Action, Sci-Fi
  • Release Date:December 18, 2009
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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