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Not Approved

The Road

Based on Cormac McCarthy's beloved, best-selling and Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen leads an all-star cast in the big screen adaptation of "The Road," the epic post-apocalyptic tale of a journey taken by a father (Viggo Mortensen) and his young son (newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee) across a barren landscape that was blasted by an unnamed cataclysm that destroyed civilization and most life on earth.
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Dove Review

This apocalyptic movie is harrowing and yet has some moments of true inspiration. Viggo Mortensen is terrific as a father who protects his son and is always in search of food during the bleak aftermath of a cataclysmic event which has wiped out most of human life on earth. Mortensen’s character, simply named “The Man” during the credits, eats as little as possible so his son can have more. He deals with the loss of his wife (Charlize Theron), who became so depressed and concerned for their son’s survival that she simply left home one day so their chances of survival would be greater.

The content in the movie is the problem for us. The father plans the possible taking of his and his son’s life should cannibals find them. At one point he holds a gun to his son’s head when he believes a female character is about to break in on them. There is the use of strong language as well and a couple of brief scenes of rear male nudity.

The father’s determination to stay with his son, played excellently by newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee, as long as possible is a real human and emotional part of the film. However, the content puts it outside of receiving Dove’s “Family-Approved” Seal.

Dove Rating Details

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Faith

None

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Integrity

Cannibals hide people in cellar with plans to eat them; people are attacked and shot; sounds of people being killed; blood seen on ground; intestines seen on ground; skulls seen mounted on poles; arrow strikes man in leg; tree falls and injures one character; man is killed by flare gun; man holds gun to child's head when he believes a cannibal is about to break in on them.

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Sex

Implied lovemaking between husband and wife with scene of them kissing in bed and beginning foreplay.

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Language

GD-5; J-1; F-5; S-5; H-4; A-2; D-1; SOB-1

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Violence

Cannibals hide people in cellar with plans to eat them; people are attacked and shot; sounds of people being killed; blood seen on ground; intestines seen on ground; skulls seen mounted on poles; arrow strikes man in leg; tree falls and injures one character; man is killed by flare gun; man holds gun to child's head when he believes a cannibal is about to break in on them.

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Drugs

Smoking of either tobacco or marijuana cigarette; man drinks whiskey.

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Nudity

Rear male nudity; shirtless men; man is made to strip naked and all but his front privates are seen; nude people are in basement but not a graphic scene.

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Other

Talk of committing suicide; a bleak world with seemingly no hope.

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