Adventure


The Nutcracker and the Four Realms


MPAA Rating:
PG
Genre:
Adventure
Runtime:
99 mins
Stars:
Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman
Director:
Lasse Hallström, Joe Johnston
Producer:
Larry Franco, Mark Gordon

Content at a Glance

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Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

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none
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on-screen acts of romance
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infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
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inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
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graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
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Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
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on-screen acts of romance
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infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
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inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
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Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

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none
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on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
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Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

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none
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occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
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historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
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continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
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drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
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Nudity

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none
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baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
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rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
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sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
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frontal nudity
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Other

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Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

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mild-moderate with consequences
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moderate poor behavior
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moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
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extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
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Sex


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Violence


toy soldier battles, spooky scenes, clown-like characters attack, masses of mice, mild peril for clara to overcome

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Trailer



Synopsis

A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.


Movie Message

The first cinematic gift of Christmas 2018 is The Nutcracker and The Four Realms, and like all of Disney’s brilliant productions, spares no expense, pulls all stops. It’s a magnificent storytelling feast that’s 100 percent Disney. It’s also quite simple and sweet as a whole package.

For many of us, this story carries a mysterious childhood nostalgia, and the iconic score takes us to cherished places tucked deeply into our memories. We hold our breath to see if the modern interpretation will deliver. My first recommendation is to not miss the opening scene. The imaginative connection between Clara (MacKenzie Foy) and her brother Fritz (Tom Sweet) sets the stage for a story that unfolds with the familiar and the new.

The classic story is filled in a bit as we are brought into the otherworldly dimension of toys through the power of Clara’s late mother’s beautiful but curious Christmas gift and her Godfather’s inventive wisdom. As we arrive in the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Kiera Knightley) and Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren) and the battles of the Four Realms, we see important themes of dedication, bravery and servanthood played out between surprising characters. Of course, there is an “epic” battle between good and evil, and at first, we’re not entirely sure which is which.

I longed for more dramatic emphasis on the famous music and more of Misty Copeland, but the story’s simple formula doesn’t allow it. Copeland is mesmerizing and I was grateful for the added treat at the closing credits. In the end, it’s easy to appreciate the heartwarming messages of a mother’s devotion and the passing down of her imaginative mind and strong heart. Clara is strengthened by the realization of her mother’s true faith in her, and she becomes the strong and wise stabilizing force for a family that feels lost. And of course the Nutcracker himself, brought to life by delightful newcomer Jayden Fowora-Knight, is the key relationship in the whole story.

Dove encourages you to take the opportunity to have a conversation about the original works, the Nutcracker Suite ballet and the enduring and glorious music from more than a century ago. Then go enjoy this new version of The Nutcracker and The Four Realms which is joyfully Dove-Approved for All Ages.

And enjoy this extra feature with Misty Copeland and the other stars sharing their own traditions surrounding this classic tale.

For All Ages

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