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Family movie guide

Published April 26, 2007


Suitable for families

Are We Done Yet? D+

(PG) - Harmless for elementary school children and a chore for anyone older who's watching. Mild crude humor and innuendo.

Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia B-

(Not rated, probably PG-13) - This IMAX documentary contains computer-animated dinosaurs that are noisy and occasionally nasty, so parents of small children should stay close.

Firehouse Dog

(PG) - Firefighters face perilous situations and get bailed out by a fearless new mascot. Brief crude humor and language around the station house.

Meet the Robinsons B-

(G) - This mild science fiction adventure won't lead to nightmares, but not memories, either, compared with other Disney animated classics. Nothing offensive.


(PG) - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return with animated martial arts mayhem that children shouldn't try at home. The animated action, brief rudeness and mildly frightening images won't disturb many parents.

Suitable for families, with reservations

Year of the Dog

(PG-13) - A beloved pet's death makes a woman (Molly Shannon) come emotionally unhinged. Sexually suggestive references and brief language aren't a big concern, but the dead pet angle may upset young children.

Not suitable

Blades of Glory B+

(PG-13) - Will Ferrell is popular with young moviegoers, but savvy parents know that his brand of crude and sexual humor laced with profanity, drug references and comical violence isn't role model material.

Disturbia B-

(PG-13) - This teen thriller was slightly trimmed to avoid an R rating. There's still enough violence, terror sequences, sensuality, profanity and antiauthoritarian behavior to make it a dubious choice for anyone younger than 15.

In the Land of Women C-

(PG-13) - A soft-core porn screenwriter (The O.C.'s Adam Brody) cares for his dying grandmother while charming a breast cancer patient (Meg Ryan) and her daughters. Obviously the mature themes should be considered by parents, along with profanity and sexual content.

The Invisible

(PG-13) - The ghost of a murdered teenager walks among the living to find his killer. Violence, sensuality, profanity and criminal behavior, all involving teenagers.

Kickin' It Old Skool

(PG-13) - Jamie Kennedy plays a break dancer awakening from a 20-year coma who reunites his crew to enter a hip-hop dance contest. Crude humor, sexual content and profanity earned an R rating before minor edits.

The Namesake A-

(PG-13) - Preteen viewers won't be enchanted by Mira Nair's graceful, poetic family drama spanning generations and continents. However, Kal Penn's youthful appeal could draw teenagers. Sexual situations, profanity and brief drug content won't offend many.


(PG-13) - Intense action sequences, violence and profanity earned the rating for this supernatural thriller starring Nicolas Cage.

[Last modified April 25, 2007, 20:21:04]

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