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Age by Age Review For: Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 Extended Edition
Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 Extended Edition
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Best For Tweens (10-12)
Rated PG-13
Age-By-Age Guide
Action Adventure | Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) get married and have a baby, setting off a chain of events that will change the fates of vampires and werewolves forever.

Based on the first part of the final book in the "Twilight" saga, this is the movie that fans have been waiting for. The wedding, honeymoon, and birth scenes have been highly anticipated but the truth is two out of three of those are really inappropriate for younger viewers--even those who have read the entire series. Reading about Bella's bruises after her wedding night and the bloody process of getting the baby out are far different than actually seeing them onscreen. And the fact that Jacob "imprints" on Bella's newborn daughter may work well in the book to bring the story full circle but becomes just plain creepy in the movie. Of course, it will be virtually impossible to keep young fans away so just consider talking to your kids about what they're watching before they bite off more than they can chew.
Baby (0-2)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Preschool (3-5)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Kids (6-9)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Tweens (10-12)
Maybe The movie is really more appropriate for teenagers but there's no doubt tweens--and younger girls--will be seeing it so parents should be prepared. There is a lot of disturbing imagery, and much that kids just don't have the analytical skills to process accurately yet. The line between fantasy and reality is so blurred in the "Twilight" movies, so it's important for young viewers to understand that it's not okay to be black and blue after sex and it's not okay for an older man to fall in love with a child.
--Lois Alter Mark, the Flicks for Kids Expert
DVD Features
The Extended Edition comes with Blu-ray, digital and Ultraviolet copies of the movie, all of which include both the original theatrical version and an all-new edition with eight additional minutes of never-before-seen footage.
Points For Parents
Movie Pluses

  • Focuses on the power of love
Movie Minuses

  • Lots and lots of blood, some of which Bella drinks--through a straw
  • The terrifying childbirth scene
  • Werewolf/vampire fights
  • Many sexual situations
  • Bella almost dies