Rated: PG

Distributed By:

20th Century Fox

Directed by:

Chris Columbus

Starring:

Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson; Brandon T. Jackson as Grover; Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth; Kevin McKidd as Poseidon

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

High school isn't shaping up to be a great time for Percy Jackson. The only time he feels comfortable is when he’s in the water. His troubles at school and at home are a piece of cake compared to what he soon discovers: Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, is his father.

Percy quickly learns that his uncle Zeus' lightning bolt has been stolen, and he's the prime suspect. If he does not return the lightning bolt before the clock strikes midnight, a massive war will ensue. Chased and nearly killed by several scary mythological creatures, Percy begins a quest across the nation to find out who has stolen the lightning bolt. 

Percy risks his life to protect his mother and his two new friends, Annabeth and Grover. While Percy’s dyslexia and ADHD are a problem for him in the real world, they turn out to be very useful to a demigod. In fact, people's disabilities are often turned into positives. Unfortunately, that is where the good content ends.

This movie includes many dark elements, including scary mythological creatures that fly, breathe fire and turn people to stone. The three friends venture to the Underworld, or Hell, to save Percy’s mother. A long scene in a Las Vegas casino showcases scantily-clad women, alcohol, drug abuse and inappropriate popular songs. God's name is abused several times, along with other profanities and name-calling. Swordfights are commonplace, with faces, arms and other body parts getting sliced. Other violent scenes include kicking, punching and getting shot with arrows.

There is something we all can take away from Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, but it's not in the movie. It's in the Bible: God (with a capital G) is nothing like the silly Greek gods who play havoc with human life. Percy and his friends must train themselves to tackle their own preternatural parents' pettiness. God's children don't have to. In fact, He fights for us.

Overall, The Lightning Thief is far too violent and suggestive for its PG rating.

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