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PARENT'S GUIDE

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How long has it been since so many family movies were playing in theaters at the same time? Probably since Snow White first came out, 56 years ago. This summer it seems as though Hollywood studios have gone kid crazy: The current releases include movies for young viewers of all ages and all tastes, from the sweet and PC whale tale, Free Willy, to the gleefully sophomoric teen romp Son-in-Law. MOVIES DENNIS THE MENACE * What It’s About: The suburban terrorist of the funnies skips onto the big screen, with Dennis (Mason Gamble) wreaking havoc on his neighbor, Mr. Wilson (Walter Matthau), while inadvertently saving the neighborhood from robber Switchblade Sam (Christopher Lloyd). * Will Kids Want to Watch It? Just as in the Home Alone movies (also produced by John Hughes), Dennis outwits the villain, but here it’s more out of dumb luck than because of creative thinking. * MPAA: PG. * Sex/Nudity: None. * Drugs/Alcohol: None. * Violence/Scariness: Lots of slapstick violence, some of it startlingly severe-Dennis unwittingly sets fire to Switchblade’s pants and hits him in the forehead with a slingshot; a knife lands in Switchblade’s backside; Mr. Wilson gets hit in the genitals. * Profanities: Mr. Wilson curses twice. * Mature Themes: There’s not much maturity here, from either the kids or the grown-ups. * Appropriate Ages: 5-10.

FREE WILLY * What It’s About: Jesse, a 12-year-old boy (Jason James Richter), befriends a captured orca. * Will Kids Want to Watch It? Probably not- unfortunately. The whale sequences are irresistible and the Jesse-Willy bond is truly touching, but, alas, the movie’s title is uHow long has it been since so many family movies were playing in theaters at the same time? Probably since Snow White first came out, 56 years ago. This summer it seems as though Hollywood studios have gone kid crazy: The current releases include movies for young viewers of all ages and all tastes, from the sweet and PC whale tale, Free Willy, to the gleefully sophomoric teen romp Son-in-Law. nappealing and older kids may find the whole idea a bit sappy. * MPAA: PG. * Sex/Nudity: None. * Drugs/Alcohol: One of Jesse’s friends makes a couple of references to buying/selling drugs. * Violence/Scariness: None, but sensitive preschoolers may be upset by the many mentions of Jesse’s being abandoned by his mother. * Profanities: Two. * Mature Themes: People have a responsibility to animals; everyone needs a family. * Appropriate Ages: 5 and up.

LAST ACTION HERO * What It’s About: Eleven-year-old action-film fan Danny (Austin O’Brien) is magically transported into a movie to fight the bad guys with his favorite fictional hero, Jack Slater (Arnold Schwarzenegger). * Will Kids Want to Watch It? Of course-it’s Ah-nuld. Kids won’t care that the story has been done before (Sherlock Jr., The Purple Rose of Cairo); they’ll just enjoy the shoot-outs, car chases, and a special visual effect when Danny imagines Slater as a gun-toting Hamlet in the Laurence Olivier film. * MPAA: PG-13. * Sex/Nudity: Two mentions of premature ejaculation. * Drugs/Alcohol: None. * Violence/Scariness: There are two electrocutions, a dozen explosions, and one man on fire, and just about everyone carries a gun at some point. * Profanities: About four. * Mature Themes: Real life is different from the movies; people can become desensitized to violence; and air bags save lives. * Appropriate Ages: 12 and up.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR * What It’s About: Henry Rowengartner (Thomas Ian Nicholas), a 12-year-old baseball fan, breaks his arm, develops a 100-mph ^ fastball, and pitches the Chicago Cubs to the World Series. * Will Kids Want to Watch It? It’s every boy’s-and plenty of girls’-fantasy, and because Henry never loses his own sense of wonderment, kids will find themselves cheering him on. * MPAA: PG. * Sex/Nudity: None. * Drugs/Alcohol: Some background drinking in a disco. * Violence/Scariness: None. * Profanities: Two. * Mature Themes: Fame is fleeting; brains and heart are more important than a fast arm. * Appropriate Ages: 7 and up.

SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE * What It’s About: When 9-year-old Jonah (Ross Malinger) calls a national radio talk show to find a new wife for his widowed father (Tom Hanks), reporter Annie Reed (Meg Ryan) believes she has found her soul mate even though they’re 3,000 miles apart. * Will Kids Want to Watch It? Except for some teens, they’ll be bored by this old-fashioned romantic comedy that features songs like ”Bye Bye Blackbird” and repeated references to the before-their-time film An Affair to Remember. * MPAA: PG. * Sex/Nudity: Hanks happily announces, ”I’m getting laid this weekend.” * Drugs/Alcohol: None. * Violence/Scariness: The talk about death is scary for young kids. If you do bring a child, come about 10 minutes late and skip the opening scene in the cemetery. * Profanities: About four. * Mature Themes: Coping with the death of a parent/spouse; sex differences start early; men cry too. * Appropriate Ages: 13 and up.

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS * What It’s About: Merchandising. The story: In this reissue of the Disney classic that started it all, Snow White moves in with Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, and Sneezy to escape her evil stepmother and wait for her prince to come, and they live happily yada-yada. * Will Kids Want to Watch It? No question-nearly as much as they’ll also want the plush toys and lunch boxes. The dwarfs remain endearing almost six decades later, but girls probably won’t find Snow White as appealing as the far stronger and more enlightened Belle or Ariel. * MPAA: G. * Sex/Nudity: None. * Drugs/Alcohol: None. * Violence/Scariness: There are a lot of moments when you might want to consider taking younger kids out for popcorn, such as when the queen orders the huntsman to bring back Snow White’s heart in a box; the huntsman lifts his dagger to kill Snow White; the haunted forest comes to life; the queen disguises herself as an old hag. * Profanities: None. * Mature Themes: Don’t take food from strangers. * Appropriate Ages: 4 and up.

SON-IN-LAW * What It’s About: A South Dakota farmer’s daughter (Carla Gugino) goes to college in California and brings home Crawl (Pauly Shore), the ultimate duuude, for Thanksgiving. * Will Kids Want to Watch It? Yes, thanks to MTV’s Totally Pauly, which has made Shore a hit among teens. This collegiate comedy is full of sophomoric humor, most of which revolves around female body parts. * MPAA: PG-13. * Sex/Nudity: Two shots of naked male butts; two girls kissing passionately; jokes about masturbating to Playboy. * Drugs/ Alcohol: Lots of beer drinking-hey, it’s college. * Violence/Scariness: None. * Profanities: About 36. * Mature Themes: You can’t judge a person by his clothing. Appropriate Ages: 13 and up.

TOM AND JERRY-THE MOVIE * What It’s About: After 50 years of playing cat and mouse, the dueling duo make up and team up in their first animated feature to help Robyn Starling find her father. * Will Kids Want to Watch It? Sure-they watch Tom and Jerry on TV, and there’s plenty of action here. * MPAA: G. * Sex/Nudity: None. * Drugs/Alcohol: None. * Violence/Scariness: A whole lot less than in the old Tom and Jerry cartoons. Close-ups of the hateful Aunt Figg may overwhelm preschoolers, and sensitive kids may be upset when Robyn tearfully sings to a picture of her lost father. * Profanities: None. * Mature Themes: The importance of friendship; money can corrupt. * Appropriate Ages: 4 and up.

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