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Family Movie Guide

By STEVE PERSALL

© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 13, 2001


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. Films are categorized as "recommended" for family viewing, "recommended with reservations" and "not recommended" for family viewing, with a description of content that led to that categorization. Compiled by St. Petersburg Times film critic Steve Persall.

RECOMMENDED

Amazing Journeys A-

(Not rated, probably PG) -- IMAX-size documentary tracing the migratory habits of zebras, crabs, whales and, most impressively, a blizzard of monarch butterflies. Beautifully photographed and informative without being too academic. Mild wildlife violence that could bother some children. Just tell them it's part of the "circle of life" routine Disney has been selling in The Lion King.

RECOMMENDED WITH RESERVATIONS

American Outlaws C

(PG-13) -- The legends of Jesse James and Cole Younger are revisited in this Western adventure. The rating results from several scenes of gunfight and dynamite violence, plus a few flirty saloon girls. Mild profanity.

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion C+

(PG-13) -- Woody Allen's humor typically sails over the heads of children, and this 1940s gumshoe yarn is no exception. Mild profanity and no violence, sex or nudity, but Allen's knack for sexually suggestive one-liners is too mature for young viewers.

NOT RECOMMENDED

(PG-13) -- A young man (Jake Gyllenhaal) with a drastically deficient immune system devises a plastic bubble allowing him to pursue the girl of his dreams. The MPAA rating results from profanity and crude sexual humor. The notion of a youth market comedy based on such a severe medical condition already has earned criticism for Disney's Buena Vista Pictures from real-life sufferers

The Glass House

(PG-13) -- Teen orphans enter the guardianship of family friends with something sinister in mind. Child endangerment and mistrust of supposedly loving authority figures are among the mature themes. Moderate profanity, violent tension and drug abuse.

The Musketeer

(PG-13) -- Yet another version of Alexandre Dumas' swashbuckling classic, this time with intensely violent martial arts action sequences rivaling the mayhem of The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. No profanity or nudity, but some lusty sexual situations that may make parents blush.

Rush Hour 2 C-

(PG-13) -- Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker team again for a crude-humored, violent cop adventure. Many of the jokes are steeped in racial stereotypes and sexism. Violence is mostly of the martial arts variety, with some gunfire and explosions. Moderate profanity, brief rear nudity and sexual situations, including a brothel visit.

Summer Catch

(PG-13) -- Promising baseball pitcher (Freddie Prinze Jr.) falls in love with a debutante (Jessica Biel) during a minor league season in Cape Cod. The MPAA rating is due to sexual situations, profanity and alcohol abuse.

The Others B

(PG-13) -- This ghost story starring Nicole Kidman doesn't contain any violence, profanity or nudity, and only a brief bit of sensuality. But the plot hinges upon issues of child endangerment and mortality that could upset younger viewers. Slow pacing won't satisfy them, either, in a film that doesn't resort to cheap, crowd-pleasing shocks.

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