Parents' Guide

December 09, 2005|By ORLANDO SENTINEL


Rating -- PG for battle sequences and frightening moments.

What it's about -- Four British schoolchildren cross over into a magical world where good is at war with evil, and every mythological character known is taking part.

Kid Attractor Factor -- A beloved kids' book gets Disney treatment.

Good/bad lessons -- Mainly things about forgiveness and loyalty, as an errant child sees the treachery in his ways and atones for it.

Violence -- Kids are under assault, and impaled.

Language -- Disney clean.

Sex -- Nary a hint, though the White Witch puts the candy moves on an underage boy.

Drugs -- Potions.

Parents' advisory -- This isn't too extreme or intense, even for the youngest moviegoers.


Rating -- PG-13 for sequences of violence and sexual content.

What it's about -- A rebel assassin uses her wiles and her wonder weapons when she sets out to kill the "Chairman" of a city of the future.

Kid Attractor Factor -- It was a cartoon, once. And Charlize Theron is a hottie.

Good/bad lessons -- There are fates worse than death, and they have to do with contracts that trap movie stars in bombs like this.

Violence -- Lots and lots, oh yes!

Language -- Pretty clean.

Sex -- One scene in the clinches, and one va-va-voom sleepwear outfit that looks like the ribbon you wrap your Charlize-mas toys in.

Drugs -- Sedatives.

Parents' advisory -- Neck-snapping violence warrants keeping the under-13s away from this one.

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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