Parents' Guide

December 16, 2005|By ORLANDO SENTINEL


Rating -- PG-13.

What it's about -- Shady filmmaker and crew head off to Skull Island to find out what's eating all the bananas.

The Kid Attractor Factor -- A great big ape killing dinosaurs, giant bats, huge bugs and people. Kids have been loving that for 72 years.

Good lessons/bad lessons -- Never trust a Hollywood "type," never encounter an alien culture without a gun, and only the good apes die young.

Violence -- Lots and lots. Shootings, an impaling, people being eaten alive and assorted blondes get tossed hither and yon.

Language -- Pretty clean.

Sex -- Not really, though there's some serious smooching.

Drugs -- Alcohol, tobacco and ether are abused.

Parents' advisory -- Actually quite violent for a popcorn movie. May be too intense for the 10-and-unders. THE FAMILY STONE

Rating -- PG-13

What it's about -- Woman tries to fit in with the loopy liberal family of her beau, and doesn't.

The Kid Attractor Factor -- The goofy romantic comedy angle may appeal to dating-age teens.

Good lessons/bad lessons -- Acceptance good, intolerance bad.

Violence -- Slapstick slapfights.

Language -- Profanity, on occasion.

Sex -- Implied, discussed.

Drugs -- Pot is smoked.

Parents' advisory -- Fairly adult for a holiday film, but genial and harmless to 13-and-ups, who may not mind going with their folks.

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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