Box art for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

drama, romance

In the highly anticipated fourth installment of The Twilight Saga, a marriage, honeymoon and the birth of a child bring unforeseen and shocking developments for Bella and Edward, and those they love.

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Sexy honeymoon, disturbing pregnancy dominate latest movie.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this next-to-last installment in the Twilight series is sure to attract throngs of tween, teen, and adult fans of the book-and-film phenomenon. But parents of tweens and younger teens should know that this adaptation faithfully follows the book's mature, disturbing storyline concerning an extremely dangerous pregnancy. Although the action-based violence is mostly confined to a couple of werewolf vs. vampire skirmishes, the birth scene is like something out of a horror film; it's brimming with blood and gore and agonizing pain (though still less than what was in the book). Also, after three movies of abstinence, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) finally consummate their relationship in a bed-breaking honeymoon scene that shows a lot of skin but nothing R-rated. Families wary of discussing abortion or family planning should know that much of the film deals with those issues. There are also some sad/poignant goodbye scenes.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Bella and Edward's relationship. Is 18 too young to get married? Should marriage be part of a young adult series aimed at tweens and teens?
  • Is Bella and Edward's romance a positive example for teenagers? What's your take on the mature issues of sexuality, marriage, and family planning that are addressed in the movie? Parents, take this opportunity to talk to your teens about your own family's values when it comes to these topics.
  • Because of her focus on Edward (and, to a lesser degree, Jacob), Bella has been unfavorably compared to other young-adult heroines. Why do you think she and the Twilight series remain so popular, and does this popularity convey messages to girls about girls' roles in relationships?
  • What aspects of the movie were faithful to the book? What scenes are more powerful in the book? In the movie?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

1 star

Forget the fact that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 1 (wow, that's a long title) finally makes the whole "vampire romance" genre look as dumb as it sounds. The thing that truly makes this a bad film is that it starts off as a sappy romantic drama, and it takes over half the film to evolve back into a supernatural/romantic thriller like the rest of the saga. That is certainly not to say that "Twi-hards" will not enjoy this fourth and thankfully penultimate entry into the Twilight Saga. Even the novel Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer was a huge drop from the previous three, but how could someone who would give anything and everything for this series care? (Not to mention, the drop from the novels Eclipse to Breaking Dawn was not nearly as large as the one we see from the films.) Ranked #3 worst of 2011. Full Review:

- spielberg00, Saturday, March 24, 2012

2 stars

Sorry team Bella, team Edward, or team Jacob (or should I just say em : Twilights fans), I just can't rate this movie any higher than this.. I'm not a Twilight haters but this movie definitely made just because the studio didn't want to lose all the possible money they can get by splitting the last movie into 2 different movies or should I say it ending this franchise immediately.. A very slow but powerless drama combined with not-so-great acting from the actors made this movie made really in the purpose that I mentioned before.. Even some other scenes seems ridiculous when it meets my eyes like when wolf Jacob talk with their pack and I feel like watching an animation movie or when Bella's condition getting worser and worser day by day the effects were just weird cause the body get the effects but the face just didn't.. But I still have some hope for the second movie since all the action will put in there so I hope there's an improvement in the last movie..

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Thursday, August 16, 2012

3 stars

Okay, so you're girlfriend/boyfriend/"special friend", wants to see Breaking Dawn, part 2 and you don't. But if you downright refuse, you know their is going to be hell to pay. So what do you do? You watch the film as a comedy. But Ken!? Twilight isn't a comedy! It's a mela-dramatic "romance" about "vampires". Well that's where you're wrong. Breaking Dawn part 1, is like the fever dream of a 12-year-old bi-polar girl. Everything is turned up way past 11, to the rarely used "Mexican Soap Opera" setting. The histrionics of this film makes Showgirls look like it was directed by Ozu. Simply hilarious. I am, in no way, shape or form, saying this is a good movie. But, in the right frame of mind, it can be very entertaining. Oh and the cinematography is GORGEOUS. So there's that. But come on, how many movies do you get to see a vampire-teeth Cesarean AND a werewolf fall in love with a baby?

- kenstachnik, Saturday, February 18, 2012