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Austenland

      Austenland is every bit as silly as one ought expect from the previews (trailers). One might expect a bit more from Keri Russell and Jane Seymour (although not necessarily from Jennifer Coolidge), but Austenland is pure fluff, through and through. That said, it ...
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Austenland is every bit as silly as one ought expect from the previews (trailers). One might expect a bit more from Keri Russell and Jane Seymour (although not necessarily from Jennifer Coolidge), but Austenland is pure fluff, through and through.

That said, it is very entertaining fluff, and a fun way to spend an hour and thirty-seven minutes, and many may not even see the twist ending coming.

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This is a film for which the PG-13 rating is spot on. It would be absolutely fine for teens age 13 and up, but there is enough innuendo, and some blatant sex references (not to mention full-on crotch shots of men in tights with enormous ‘enhancements’ stuffed in their pants) that you may want to think twice before bringing a child younger than thirteen to this film.


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Megamind

      The first thing that I want to say about Megamind is that it was much better than I'd expected. The second thing that I want to say is that this not a movie for all small children. It really depends on ...
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The first thing that I want to say about Megamind is that it was much better than I’d expected. The second thing that I want to say is that this not a movie for all small children. It really depends on your child’s age, and their sensitivity to animated violence, and some scary scenes.

Perhaps the most important thing for parents of younger, or sensitive, children to know is that near the beginning of the movie, there is a huge explosion, in which Metro Man is (you are lead to believe) killed. First there is a big explosion, and then a skeleton comes flying at the other characters. It is a bit shocking.

There is a lot of violence, and a fair amount of peril. At one point the female lead character is chained at the top of a tower, threatened with doom; there is also an extended scene of her being flown around by a super character who repeatedly drops her, lets her plummet towards the ground, and then swoops in at the last minute to grab her (only to repeat the fly, drop and grab cycle several times).

If these are not issues for you, then we definitely recommend the movie, but if you are even a little concerned by these scenarios, we recommend you go see the movie on your own first before taking your child.


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Marmaduke

      We were actually surprised by how much we liked Marmaduke the movie because, frankly, we didn't expect to like it. There are some scenes that are a bit intense, and if you take a younger child to see it you may ...
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We were actually surprised by how much we liked Marmaduke the movie because, frankly, we didn’t expect to like it. There are some scenes that are a bit intense, and if you take a younger child to see it you may want to let them know that nobody gets hurt, and that the dogs all end up ok.

The most intense is when Marmaduke and another dog are swept away in a broken water main, and it seems if they may not survive (they do, of course).

Also there is, of course, a lot of potty humor. For example, Marmaduke has a penchant for loudly releasing gas just as his humans are cuddling up in bed, and they in turn (over)react, comment on it, etc..

There is also a lot of bad attitude, rudeness, and bullying by the “pedigrees” – the doggie version of that A Group in high school who thought they were better than everyone else, and who picked on everyone else.

All that said, again, we really enjoyed the movie, although we would not want to take a younger child to see it.

The Kid Says:

This was a good movie but I would not recommend it for children much younger than 10 or 11.


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Lars and the Real Girl

      Lars and the Real Girl is an interesting movie in that, there really isn't a lot of strong sexual discussion, adult content, or strong language, but the entire movie centers around a sex doll. However, the doll is not actually used in the ...
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Lars and the Real Girl is an interesting movie in that, there really isn’t a lot of strong sexual discussion, adult content, or strong language, but the entire movie centers around a sex doll. However, the doll is not actually used in the context of a sex doll. Instead she is used as a companion for a shy, lonely, questionably delusional man. He orders the doll when he decides that he is ready for a loving relationship, but is unable to try to put himself out there to meet a real woman because of his crippling shyness.

Even though the movie itself is based around emotion, relationships, and the human dynamic, there is, as can be expected, a lot of jokes surrounding the fact that it is a sex doll. So those jokes, coupled with the glaring fact that the movie is centered around a sex doll, makes this movie totally inappropriate for children.


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Tranformers/Tranformers 2

      This will review both movies because the review, in terms of view-ability by children, is the same for both movies. These movies are definitely movies that a parent who grew up in the 80's would consider bringing their kids to see. We grew ...
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This will review both movies because the review, in terms of view-ability by children, is the same for both movies. These movies are definitely movies that a parent who grew up in the 80′s would consider bringing their kids to see. We grew up on the Transformers! So what could be more fun than passing along the legacy. Unfortunately, while the movie does not disappoint with effects, original Transformer lingo, and the nostalgic use of the theme song, it is most definitely not child-appropriate. The movie is full of violence, strong language, and strong adult content. Flagrant sexuality is also flaunted throughout.

There are many scenes using explosives, and depicting violence against both humans and the Transformers. Definitely more violent than the cartoons that we are used to. While I think that this movie is a fantastic homage to those of us adults who grew up on the series, I highly recommend saving it for when the kids are older.


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Evan Almighty

      Evan Almighty is a comedic film that is the sequal to the box office hit, "Bruce Almighty". It picks up with Evan, the small role that occurred in the first movie; an anchor man who works at the Buffalo, NY news station. In ...
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Evan Almighty is a comedic film that is the sequal to the box office hit, “Bruce Almighty”. It picks up with Evan, the small role that occurred in the first movie; an anchor man who works at the Buffalo, NY news station. In the sequel, Evan gets elected to congress, where his first task is to co-sponsor a bill to allow development in national parks. God, played once again by the incomparable Morgan Freeman, comes to Evan to build an ark, and bring aboard animals by the pairs. What this film brought with it was a message of respecting the earth and its inhabitants. In fact, because the message of the movie was specifically to support and protect the environment, this was NBC’s first film to offset the carbon footprint of the film. They calculated the carbon emissions of the movie, and planted enough trees to offset their emissions.

With all of the humor injected into this film, they managed to keep it clean and steer clear of bad potty humor, inappropriate language, and adult situations. A definite recommend.


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Up

      I really loved Up, as a movie for both children and adults. Up did not disappoint with offering both comedy for children, as well as some comedic bits thrown in for adults. As with many children's movies, this movie offered quite a few ...
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I really loved Up, as a movie for both children and adults. Up did not disappoint with offering both comedy for children, as well as some comedic bits thrown in for adults. As with many children’s movies, this movie offered quite a few life lessons hidden within the plot. Being an animal lover, I particularly appreciated the fact that several of these messages were geared to kindness and respect towards animals.

The Up writers did a great job of depicting adult situations in a subtle manner that helped them convey the story effectively, but without being so overt that they may raise specific questions from a child that a parent may not yet be ready to address. For example, a short montage was used to show that a couple in the story was unable to have a baby, but they did it in such a subtle way that it would be very easy to just gleam it off with a simple answer. There are a few scenes with some mean dogs, so if your child has a particularly sensitive fear of dogs, that may upset them a bit. Overall, though, the contents of this movie is very benign and it carries an uplifting story that is sure to be enjoyed by both child and adults.


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Bridge to Terebithia

      I actually saw this move by chance, as it was on TV and nothing else was on. It drew me in right away, though, and definitely stuck with me afterwards! It was ripe with beautiful cinematography, and had fantasy-themes that struck a chord ...
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I actually saw this move by chance, as it was on TV and nothing else was on. It drew me in right away, though, and definitely stuck with me afterwards! It was ripe with beautiful cinematography, and had fantasy-themes that struck a chord with the inner-child in me; I would have had even more fun with these scenes as a child. Its like the writers walked into the head of a child, plucked out their imagination land, and put it on the big screen. Perhaps what I loved most about this movie was that it addresses some key issues that many children face: the social dynamics of school, the feelings of needing to measure-up to other kids, the feelings of not fitting in. The movie depicts overcoming these obstacles through creativity and finding kinship in unexpected places.

But alas, there is a sad and heavy side to this movie that, while it is the sole heavy issue, its a biggie. *SPOILER ALERT*: the girl who our poor little movie hero befriends, dies in the end of the movie by accidental drowning. It was sad, even for an adult like me. It turns out that the movie is actually based on true events; the author of the book has a son who, when he was a child, suffered the tragic loss of a friend who was struck by lightning. She wrote this book for him to help him cope. The sweet thing is, the son is who, 30 years later, wrote the screen adaptation. So this movie was fantastic, but really quite a heavy subject. On the other hand, it may be a fantastic option for helping children who are coping with an unexpected loss.


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The Spy Next Door

      It's kind of hard to write a review of "The Spy Next Door" without saying up front that what you see is what you get. If you've seen the previews, then it should be obvious to you that this movies will be ...
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It’s kind of hard to write a review of The Spy Next Door without saying up front that what you see is what you get. If you’ve seen the previews, then it should be obvious to you that this movies will be filled with violent sequences (it’s Jackie Chan, after all) and lots of improbable stunts (it’s Jackie Chan, after all). In fact, even without seeing the previews, the fact that it’s called The SPY Next Door and stars Jackie Chan should give it away.

So it would be unfair to give the movie bad grades for being violent, and full of weapons – we reserve that for movies where you wouldn’t expect those things. So yes, this movie is full of (mostly slapstick) violence. There are weapons galore.

That said, nobody actually gets shot. But lots of people get the daylights beat out of them by Chan. And there is a scene where he quite graphically smashes someone’s face into a table, and there is blood.

Yes, there are some very funny scenes, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that it’s more funny than violent (it isn’t), or that because it is rated ‘just’ PG, that the violence and weapons are downplayed (they aren’t).

If you are already at the stage with your child where this sort of movie is ok, then The Spy Next Door is an ok way to spend an afternoon when it’s too cold or rainy to play outside, but otherwise, I’d give it a pass.

The Kid Says

I don’t think that kids younger than me* should see this movie. I don’t think it would be good for kids younger than that. There’s too much violence.

*The Kid is 11 at the time of this writing.

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The Tooth Fairy

      The Tooth Fairy is a movie that is heavy on message, and full of silly gags that give it several funny moments. That said, unfortunately they were unable to offset the "does this tutu make my butt look big", the innumerable displays ...
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The Tooth Fairy is a movie that is heavy on message, and full of silly gags that give it several funny moments. That said, unfortunately they were unable to offset the “does this tutu make my butt look big”, the innumerable displays of (necessary to the character but nausea-inducing) machismo, the downright mean-spiritedness of the main character’s callous interactions with childen, and the hockey slams – oh, the many, many violent hockey slams.

This movie is essentially A Christmas Carol taken to a different paranormal plane, and with different main characaters, but the concept is the same. A mean, short-sighted man is taken out of his comfort zone and forced to confront his mean-spiritedness through an other-worldly experience. In Scrooge’s case it was visits from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

In The Tooth Fairy‘s Derek Thompson’s case, it is a visit with Julie Andrews, Billy Crystal, and a host of others, in tooth fairy land, where Thompson (played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) is ‘sentenced’ to two weeks tooth fairy duty to help him see the errors of his ways.

And what errors they are: telling children who idolize Thompson’s (somewhat has-been) hockey star status to lower their expectations instead of dreaming big, crushing his love interest’s children by “being honest” about their own dreams, and holding himself back from being the best player he can be.

And speaking of the love interest (Ashley Judd), she is a single parent – but there is no explanation whatsoever – in the entire movie her two children don’t mention their missing father once. Johnson is clearly dating Judd (plenty of kissing going on there), and not a hint of a father or previous husband is in evidence – did Judd get her kids from the baby fairy?

Beyond that, there was an incredible amount of vicious slamming during the many, many hockey scenes. In fact during the opening scene, Johnson slams an opponent right through a glass spectator barrier, and the opponent lands in the crowd in the bleachers, a tooth flying out of his mouth (this idolized behaviour earns Johnson the nickname “The Tooth Fairy” at the opening of the movie).

The scenes where Johnson crushes children’s dreams were heartbreaking to us, as parents, although they may not affect children the same way. That said, if your child still believes in the tooth fairy, despite the movie’s overall premise (that they exist), be prepared to leave the movie with a child who no longer believes.

The Kid Says:

This movie is not good for children below a certain age, especially if they still believe in the tooth fairy.


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