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Suitable for families

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian B-

(PG) — The faith-based allegory continues, with more epic battle sequences and mild violence.

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl B+

(G) — The doll-and-book series goes live-action, with Abigail Breslin playing a Depression-era heroine. Nothing offensive, but unemployment and homelessness may be uncomfortable in the current economic climate.

Kung Fu Panda A-

(PG) — Children will enjoy animated animals performing silly martial arts stunts. Parents need to caution them about trying these moves at home.

Space Chimps

(G) — Nothing offensive in this animated comedy summarized by its title.


(G) Nothing is offensive in Pixar/Disney's latest animated moneymaker, though there have been reports that the volume and theme may be too much for some children.

Suitable for families, with reservations

Get Smart B

(PG-13) — Steve Carell (Evan Almighty) stars in an update of the 1960s TV hit; contains rude humor, action violence and brief profanity.

The Incredible Hulk  B

(PG-13) — The rating is the result of "sequences of intense action violence, some frightening sci-fi images and brief suggestive content."

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull B+

(PG-13) — The fabled hero returns with more fisticuffs and bloodless gunplay. Some scary images figure into the plot, and a few profanities.

Iron Man A-

(PG-13) — A Marvel Comics superhero (Robert Downey Jr.) kicked off the blockbuster season. Intense sci-fi action, with a dash of suggestiveness.

Journey to the Center of the Earth C-

(PG) — Brendan Fraser leads young explorers to the earth's core, where intense action (in 3-D in some theaters) and scary creatures await.

Mamma Mia! B+

(PG-13) — Sexually suggestive comments sneak between the Abba songs, and how many children appreciate '70s pop tunes, anyway?

Meet Dave F

(PG) — Eddie Murphy's sci-fi comedy includes bawdy, suggestive humor and brief profanity.

Not suitable

The Dark Knight A

(PG-13) — Intense violence, mature themes and Heath Ledger's psychotic swan song may disturb children.

The Love Guru D-

(PG-13) — Mike Myers' turn as a spiritualist includes "crude and sexual content throughout, language, some comic violence and drug references."

Hancock C

(PG-13) — Will Smith's summer release isn't as much fun as advertised, with glum, mature themes. Violence and strong profanity.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army B

(PG-13) — A crime-fighting demon (Ron Perlman) battles scary creatures rebelling against humanity, with all the sci-fi violence and profanity that entails.

You Don't Mess With the Zohan D+

(PG-13) — Adam Sandler's comedy includes sexual references, nudity, profanity and a homophobic vibe.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe

(PG-13) — The MPAA ratings board saw this hush-hush adaptation of the sci-fi TV classic and noted its "violent and disturbing content and thematic material." Sounds too creepy for kids.

Family movie guide 07/18/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 11:35pm]
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