Parents' Guide

December 21, 2007

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Rating -- PG

What it's about -- The National Treasure team seeks clues from a Civil War conspiracy that might point to a legendary lost city of gold.

The Kid Attractor Factor -- All of the above.

Good lessons/bad lessons -- History is its own reward, but sometimes knowing your history can make you rich.

Violence -- Shootouts, car chases, the threat of drowning.

Language -- Disney clean.

Sex -- None.

Drugs -- The perils of tequila are discussed.

Parents' advisory -- If your kids are old enough to enjoy action and sit still for a two-hour action film about history, treasure and Civil War grudges, get your place in line now.

The Kite Runner

Rating -- PG-13

What it's about -- A boy lets his young friend down in Afghanistan only to try to make amends as an adult, decades later.

The Kid Attractor Factor -- A rich portrait of a childhood filled with kite flying, national trauma and personal tragedy.

Good lessons/bad lessons -- It's never too late to make up for the failings of our past.

Violence -- Yes, against children, some of it sexual in nature. Along with a graphic beating.

Language -- Profanity, not a lot of it.

Sex -- A rape.

Drugs -- None.

Parents' advisory -- The rating is a stretch, here, with the MPAA making allowances it never would with an American-set movie. It's quite violent and too serious for middle schoolers. Best for 15 years and older.

Orlando Sentinel

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