The Mighty

DVD Release: January 10, 2012
The Mighty


With his loving and supportive mother (Golden Globe® winner Sharon Stone), 13-year-old Kevin (Kieran Culkin) moves in next door to another teen, Max (Elden Henson). Though both have problems that label them as outcasts, Kevin and Max discover that by proudly combining their strengths and uniting as one, they can overcome their individual limitations and triumph over any adversity. As the two set out on a series of courageous adventures, they find that the mightiest treasure of all is friendship.

Dove Review

This is a story about two “different” kids, Max (Elden Henson) and Kevin (Kieran Culkin), also known as “Freak”, a crippled child, who form an unlikely friendship. Kevin helps Max read and with his studies, and big Max carries Kevin on his shoulders, enabling him to play basketball in gym and enjoy a local fireworks display with a great point of view. As Kevin says to Max, “You need brains and I need legs.”

Max has had to endure the taunts of being the son of a murderer, “Killer Kane” as he is called. It was Max’s mother who died and Max lives with his grandparents, his mother’s parents, and thankfully has more of his mother’s personality than his father’s. Max, dealing with brief flashbacks of his mother and of what happened, begins to blossom as he and Kevin develop their relationship, dreaming of being knights and the legend of King Arthur.

There are some strong and sophisticated themes in the movie, including a kidnapping and the death of a child. Regrettably, due to strong language, we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Just a pun about a woman's chest (treasure chest) being stolen.
Language: JC-1; G/OMG-2; "Oh Lord"-1; Slang for male genitalia-1; D-5; "Wuss"-1; A-1; Butt-2; Crap-2; H-2; Slang for breast-1; Bull-1; Kids pick on other kids and call them names such as "Frankenstein" and "Igor".
Violence: A kid is hit in the head with a football but he is okay; a kid throws a basketball at a crippled boy and then allows someone else to take the blame; a man argues with his girlfriend or wife in a restaurant and grabs her shoulder but he is stopped; street kids steal from a woman and knock over a person's bag; a kid hides a knife under a manhole cover; a kid rips off a door in desperation; a man is seen checking out his guns; kids chase other kids; a man kidnaps his son who is legally living with his grandparents, a man ties up a child; a man grabs a woman by the throat; a father and son physically struggle in an altercation as the father intends to hurt a woman; a kid's finger is pricked; a kid sprays a man in the eyes for trying to do harm to another character and he threatens to spray his crotch.
Drugs: A man holds a cigar; smoking in a few scenes.
Nudity: None
Other: A kid talks about King Arthur and as a joke says there is violence and sex in the book; a man gives the middle finger to another man; a boy deals with pain from his mother's death; a child dies in the story and a boy shows great grief.


Company: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Chelsom
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 100 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter