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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Runtime: 157 minutes
Starring: Eric Sykes, Timothy Spall, David Tennant, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Director: Mike Newell
Sex: Couples kiss at a ball; mild references to sexual interests in teens
Language: Bloody H*ll-7; P*ss off-1; OMG-1.
Violence: Two people are killed - one on screen, and the dragon chases Potter causing extensive damage to the school; Duel-style battle between Potter and Voldemort, Hand cut off - on screen, and Potter's arm cut open with blood.
Drugs: Potion taken many times; "butterbeer" is a treat which may contain traces of alcohol; horses drink whiskey
Nudity: Harry enters bath tub when a ghost of a girl comes to him - the implication is that Harry is nude.
Other: Potions, spells, mythical creatures, teleporting boots and magic of all sorts and varieties.
Integrity: Protagonist learns who he can trust during the most trying of times
Harry's fourth summer and the following year at Hogwarts are marked by the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament, in which student representatives from three different wizarding schools compete in a series of increasingly challenging contests. However, Voldemort's Death Eaters are gaining strength and even creating the Dark Mark giving evidence that the Dark Lord is ready to rise again. In the unsuspecting lives of the young wizards and witches at Hogwarts the competitors are selected by the goblet of fire, which this year makes a very surprising announcement: Hogwarts will have two representatives in the tournament, including Harry Potter! Will Harry be able to rise to the challenge for the Tri Wizard Tournament while keeping up with school or will the challenges along with Voldemort's rebirth be too much for the young hero?
The latest saga of Harry Potter is even darker than the previous ones. It seems that in order to win "Eternal Glory" you must complete a series of 3 challenges. First, outwit a Dragon (who could kill you at any moment) that is protecting a golden egg containing a clue to the next challenge. Second, hold your breath for an hour while searching underwater for your friend who will die if you don't save him/her. And third, race the other Champions to the Goblet of Fire (without losing your mind first.) All the while, Voldemort is gaining strength and more followers.
Not only is the wizardry more intense in this film, so is the language and violence. Harry is going down a slippery slope from which I fear there may be no return.
Editor's Note: All three previous Potter films were PG - This is the first PG-13 version
Not Dove Family Approved
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