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Hacksaw Ridge-Teen Movie Review

Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield) is a wonderful loving son and husband. He was also a WWII American Army Medic who served in the Battle of Okinawa. Desmond was very unique in that he wanted to serve in the war, but he did not want to carry a weapon or kill another human being; he wanted to save lives and that’s what he did. Desmond T. Doss rescued 75 men in Okinawa without firing a single shot and he became the first conscientious objector to ever win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Hacksaw Ridge is based on a true story about extraordinary war hero.






hacksaw-ridge-new-posterRating: 3 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: February 21, 2017
MPAA Rating: R
Best Age Group: 16+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Teens Like It?  Yes


Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Mild

  • We see Desmond and his girlfriend passionately kiss. They eventually get married. They’re shown in bed together on their wedding night, under the covers.
  • We see a man’s bare backside.
  • There’s some talk regarding sex, condoms and venereal disease.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • We see numerous and disturbing war scenes. Limbs are blown off and Desmond carries many injured soldiers to safety.
  • Corpses covering the ground with their organs exposed. We see rats eating them.
  • We see soldiers killing one another.
  • A man hangs himself.
  • A man commits suicide by stabbing himself in the gut.
  • Desmond is attacked by his roommates one evening, leaving him bloody and bruised.
  • A soldier kicks Desmond in the face and punches him while calling him a coward.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • We hear “a–,” “d-mn” and h–l.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • Doss’ father was an abusive alcoholic.

Will Teens Like It?  Yes

Overall this is a wonderful film about a very courageous man. Parents need to be aware of the excessive and disturbing violence throughout the movie.

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