Parents' Guide

November 04, 2005|By ORLANDO SENTINEL

Chicken Little

Rating -- G, general audiences. In others words, suitable for everybody.

What it's about -- Chicken says "The Sky is falling" one time too many. So nobody believes him when it really does fall.

The Kid Attractor Factor -- Aliens attack, chickens dance, turkeys lurk.

Good lessons/bad lessons -- "Ya gotta listen to your kids. Even if they have nothing to say."

Violence -- Slapstick, death rays that aren't "death" rays after all.

Language -- Clean as a chicken's teeth.

Sex -- A little chicken-smooches-duck action.

Drugs -- None.

Parents' advisory -- Not enough nonverbal stuff for the very young, but harmless, even for kids too young to know what "closure" means.

Jarhead

Rating -- R for pervasive language, some violent images and strong sexual content.

What it's about -- A young man trains as a Marine sniper and is deployed in the first gulf war, only to recoil at the horror of what war really is.

The Kid Attractor Factor -- War, a video-game brought to life, with long-distance sniper rifles, burnt corpses and male bonding.

Good lessons/bad lessons -- "It's not just a job, it's an ..." oh, wait. Wrong service. You sign the contract, you'd better be ready to do the job.

Violence -- Pervasive, but not that much actually on screen.

Language -- Profane in the extreme.

Sex -- Yes, in many variations, and discussed at length.

Drugs -- Alcohol is abused and leads to accidents.

Parents' advisory -- Pretty harsh stuff, but if you've got a kid considering the military, certainly worth a look.

Motion Picture Association of America ratings are (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted.

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