Parents' Guide


November 18, 2005|By ORLANDO SENTINEL

Goblet of Fire

Rating -- PG-13.

What it's about -- Our young wizard-in-training faces more contests, and more tests to his character and his sorcerer's craft, including his first face-to-face confrontation with the creep who wants him dead.

The Kid Attractor Factor -- Special effects aplenty, and teen angst and jealousy and teen flirting and life-or-death dilemmas.

Good lessons/bad lessons -- Friends look out for friends, even when they're quarreling -- "We've all got each other."

Violence -- Certainly enough to warrant that PG-13.

Language -- Cleaner than any tale set in a Brit boarding school should be.

Sex -- A hint of hormones.

Drugs -- Potions are consumed, whiskey is discussed.

Parents' advisory -- There's a prolonged and frightening and bloody confrontation in the third act, and a very creepy simulated drowning. But muggles older than, say, 10 should be nightmare-free.

Walk the Line

Rating -- PG-13 for some language, and depiction of drug dependency.

What it's about -- Johnny Cash pursues June Carter through marriages, the abyss of drug abuse and serious questions about his character.

The Kid Attractor Factor -- Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix give this solid musical bio-pic some real youthful sex appeal.

Good lessons/bad lessons -- No sinner is beyond the redemption of a good woman.

Violence -- Some, mostly off camera and involving inanimate objects.

Language -- Surprisingly little profanity.

Sex -- Yes. What do you think country music's all about?

Drugs -- Yes. What do you think country music used to be about?

Parents' advisory -- Adult material, but nothing that's going to scar anybody.

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