The Adventures of Tintin

| 10+
Cautions: some violence and intensity, brief illegal behavior, mild comical pain, mild comical destruction, mild slang, name calling and brief mild language, and a curse theme

The Adventures of Tintin is a brilliant movie—fun, superbly animated, with iconic characters and a fast-paced plot.  Because of some of the intensity, as well as a few negatively-portrayed vices that children might be tempted to find humorous, this film ends up being better saved for older children and adults.

2011 | Steven Spielberg | 107 min  Watch Trailer

Some Violence and Intensity
A good guy on the other side of the door from the viewer’s perspective is shot repeatedly with a machine gun, falls forward into the room, and dies shortly afterward, after writing a message in his own blood.  There is another semi-intense machine gun chase later on.

There are multiple swordplay scenes, a scene in which characters are surrounded by flames, brief shark and Rottweiller scenes, and a few probable deaths.

Brief Illegal Behavior
The main character, Tintin, secretly enters a house that is apparently empty but owned by someone he has a vague suspicion might be involved in a theft.  He is discovered, reprimanded and turned out by the owner.

Mild Comical Pain
A couple of bumbling good guys fall down a set of stairs, run into a lamppost, etc.—infrequently but occasionally.  At one point, the primary side character, Captain Haddock, is thrown around in a way that would have at least seriously injured him in real life, but is presented as humorous.  An insignificant bad character is said to have lost his eyelids in a card game.

Mild Comical Destruction
A chase scene (good guys chasing bad guys) results in a dam, a military tank and several buildings being severely damaged, with no one to recompense the affected parties, who don’t seem to mind the damage.

Mild Slang, Name Calling and Brief Mild Language
I swear to G-d
He would be d-mned before…

Christopher Columbus!
Good heavens!
What the blazes!
Great Scotland Yard!
Great Scotland Yard!

There are miscellaneous nonsense exclamations, such as “Blistering blue barnacles!” and “Great snakes!”  The occasional name calling is in a similar style.

A Curse Theme
In a flashback-style sequence, a seventeenth-century villain puts a curse on a man’s name, adding that they will meet again in another life (a prophecy fulfilled in their descendants, not through ghosts or reincarnation).

Captain Haddock, one of the main characters, is an alcoholic until a point later in the movie when he sees the destructiveness of his drunkenness and gives it up.  His drunkenness is without exception held in contempt by Tintin, and is portrayed negatively.  However, a couple of Haddock’s drinking scenes may be mistakenly perceived as comical by younger viewers. 

In one scene, Snowy the dog also goes for whiskey, but only a small quantity and with no physical effects.  Haddock does, still with Tintin’s disapproval, drink a couple of toasts after having thrown away his whiskey bottles.

A story about a captain from centuries before states that his ship had carried rum and tobacco.

An insignificant bad character is said to have been “sacked as a shepherd on account of his ‘animal husbandry’.”

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