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Are Your Kids Going To See Breaking Dawn Pt. 2?

'Breaking Dawn 2' May Be Too Intense for Sensitive Tweens (SPOILERS)

Posted by Adriana Velez

breaking dawn 2Your tween has been nagging you for months, perhaps ever since the credits rolled down the screen from the first Breaking Dawn movie. Your kid wants to see Breaking Dawn 2 -- desperately! So the big question is, can she (or he) handle it? You've heard about the "hot" vampire sex, and the heads rolling. Maybe you've read the book, too, so you know what's coming. Is Breaking Dawn 2 safe enough for, say, a 10-year-old?

Well ... that depends on many things. I think the movie might be too disturbing for very sensitive viewers. You should definitely be more concerned about the violence than the sex, I can say that much above the jump. For more, keep reading. But be warned: SPOILERS AHEAD.

Because moms like to be surprised, too, I'm warning you once again: SPOILERS! I have to get a little specific so you have all the information you need to make your decision.

So. In the book you know what happens, right? There's an epic battle. Even before that battle scene (which is something else, but I'll get to that), there's another violent scene where we see a child with a bloodied face -- bloodied because he's been attacking humans. That child is destroyed, thankfully outside the frame. But his mother, after screaming and pleading, is torn to bits. And you actually do see her head and arms get ripped off her body before everything is thrown onto a bonfire.

More from The Stir: 'Breaking Dawn 2' Movie by the Numbers (SPOILERS)

But that's just a taste for what's to come. In the epic battle scene you'll see the same thing over and over again -- this is how you kill a vampire, after all. I counted 12 heads getting ripped off bodies. All of it violent, but quick. It's almost cartoonish, which on one hand is a mercy, but on the other hand kind of desensitizes the viewer to the violence.

Not only that, characters we've become emotionally invested in -- over a whole series of movies -- are killed abruptly. And now for the SPOILER TO END ALL SPOILERS STOP READING HERE IF YOU DON'T WANT ANY MORE. The story doesn't end with these deaths. Let's just say ... things are not as they appear. So while your child may leave the theater weeping because the series has come to an end or out of utter sentimentality over Bella and Edward's beautiful love story, it won't be because some of their favorite characters met a horrible end.

As for the sex, well, I think there's less to worry about there. There's just one sex scene (and remember, these two are married). Edward rips off Bella's shirt, but you see this from behind so that her back is exposed. There's implied nudity, but mostly it's all just soulful gazing and kissing and soft-focus, bare-shouldered romance. There are plenty of references to Bella and Edward (and Alice and Jasper) REALLY liking sex and being extra-passionate lovers, but none of that is lewd and, really, isn't that healthy in a long-term relationship? Even if it's not realistic. If anything, you may want to have a talk after the movie about how truly rare it is to keep passion alive for decades, let alone for centuries.

For more information check out Common Sense Media's review of Breaking Dawn 2

Are you planning to take your kids to see Breaking Dawn 2?

 

by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM
Replies (11-19):
Brimadmom2001
by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:52 PM
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I want to but the beginning of the movie has a 5 min intimate part with Bella and Edward. My girls would cover their eyes and ears. Sine they saw part 1 ( I fast forward through the bad parts) so I think they will do fine. 

wakymom
by Silver Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM

 Nope. Ds1 isn't interested, I avoid it like the plague, and ds2 and dd are too young for it (not they'd be interested anyway).

 

 

 

 

 

momto3infl
by Bronze Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 8:58 PM

 

have seen them all and saw this last night.

psych_mom
by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 10:45 PM

No, they haven't seen any of the other movies, plus my oldest is a boy and isn't remotely interested. My dd is only 8 and hasn't ever heard of this series.

1Redapple
by on Nov. 18, 2012 at 5:52 PM

My 11 yr old dd?  She read all four books and reread one or two.  Somehow she has all three movies and I've watched them all with her.

Thanks for posting!

Quoting Zamaria:

Saw it last night! It was pretty good. DH liked it. I liked the book better. The head popping off thing didn't really bother me much, it's not bloody or gory or anything. The sex scene wasn't really appropriate for young kids, but teens should be ok with it. They didn't show anything. The only part that bothered me was the bloody vampire baby. But it wasn't super gory or anything, and they didn't actually show the baby getting its head popped off or anything. I still don't think my younger kids will see it, but I don't have a problem with my 13 year old seeing it.


bleumonster
by on Nov. 18, 2012 at 6:40 PM

I took my two to see it along with two other teens and they all thought it was awesome. They liked the gruisome details more than me but we were all blown away by the twist. Hope I didn't say too much. It was good. I would see it again.

Zamaria
by Silver Member on Nov. 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM
The only concern I would have would be the "sex" scene, and it's not that bad. Nothing they don't show on tv. If you're ok with that then she should be fine. I think in one part you see the curve of Bella's breast from the back in sillhouette, no nipple or anything. Like I said, nothing that isn't on tv. I'm ok with it, especially since they're married. But if she gets uncomfortable you could always go for a snack during that scene. There's just the one. In one part Edward starts to unbutton her shirt but stops before it gets too low and nothing happens there.


Quoting 1Redapple:

My 11 yr old dd?  She read all four books and reread one or two.  Somehow she has all three movies and I've watched them all with her.

Thanks for posting!

Quoting Zamaria:

Saw it last night! It was pretty good. DH liked it. I liked the book better. The head popping off thing didn't really bother me much, it's not bloody or gory or anything. The sex scene wasn't really appropriate for young kids, but teens should be ok with it. They didn't show anything. The only part that bothered me was the bloody vampire baby. But it wasn't super gory or anything, and they didn't actually show the baby getting its head popped off or anything. I still don't think my younger kids will see it, but I don't have a problem with my 13 year old seeing it.



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kmrtigger
by on Nov. 18, 2012 at 7:46 PM

No, my boys could careless about this movie or any of the others before it.

Babujai
by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM

 No.

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