Family Movie Guide

Published September 21, 2006

The Family Movie Guide should be used along with the Motion Picture Association of America rating system for selecting movies suitable for children. Only films rated G, PG or PG-13 are included in this weekly listing, along with occasional R-rated films that may have entertainment or educational value for older children with parental guidance. Compiled by St. Petersburg Times film critic Steve Persall.


Everyone's Hero B-

(G) - The late Christopher Reeve originated this animated film about a boy traveling cross-country to help his beloved New York Yankees win the World Series. Nothing offensive, and the central theme of perseverance is uplifting.

How to Eat Fried Worms B+

(PG) - Timid fifth-grader (Luke Benward) accepts a dare that will make him a hero. Based on the novel by Thomas Rockwell. Mild bullying and occasional crude humor.

Invincible B+

(PG) - Fact-based tale of a bartender (Mark Wahlberg) who makes the Philadelphia Eagles football roster. Gridiron violence and mild locker room profanity.


Gridiron Gang B+

(PG-13) - Fact-based tales of juvenile delinquents learning lessons from football behind bars. The story contains gang violence, profanity and mature themes, but teenagers can draw inspiration from the way lives are changed through discipline.


(PG-13) - Martial arts violence comes with inspirational messages in this biography of a Chinese fighting legend (Jet Li). English subtitles can turn off some children, though. Recommended for ages 13 and older.

World Trade Center A

(PG-13) - Oliver Stone's harrowing, uplifting version of events surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. Moderate profanity under duress, disturbing images of injured victims and casualties, mature emotional themes. Recommended for ages 13 and older.


All the King's Men C+

(PG-13) - Children won't be entertained by this remake of the 1949 Oscar winner about a corrupted Louisiana politician (Sean Penn). The film contains alcohol abuse, profanity, brief partial nudity and sensuality.

The Covenant

(PG-13) - More teenage horror, this time with photogenic descendants of witches using their supernatural powers to fight evil forces. The MPAA rating is the result of "intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, sexual content, partial nudity and language." Doesn't that sound more like an R?


(PG-13) - A talented basketball player (Wesley Jonathan) must choose between medical school and an NBA contract. Profanity and sexual content dictate the MPAA rating.

Flyboys B

(PG-13) - American hunks join French fighter squadrons during World War I. The MPAA rating is due to war action violence and some sexual content.

The Illusionist

(PG-13) - Children may enjoy the occasional magic tricks, and teenagers love Jessica Biel. But a romance with murderous undertones set in 1900 Vienna isn't likely to hold their attention. The MPAA rating results from sexual situations and brief violence.

The Wicker Man C

(PG-13) - A missing child investigation leads a policeman (Nicolas Cage) into a pagan cover-up. Disturbing images and themes, violence, profanity.