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Parents' guide to videos

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The Boys’ Club

What It’s About
Three 13-year-old boys (Devon Sawa, Dominic Zamprogna, and Stuart Stone) must make life-or-death decisions when bleeding stranger Luke (Chris Penn) asks them to hide him in their clubhouse.

Will Kids Want to Watch It?
Older boys might, but this coming-of-age story is likely to keep girls out.

MPAA Rating
R

Sex/Nudity
A boy feels a girl’s breast through her shirt.

Drugs/Alcohol
Luke likes to drink, and the underage boys occasionally join in.

Violence/Sscariness
A teenager gets shot; Luke takes hostages at gunpoint; a man’s body is found.

Objectionable Words/Phrases
More than 100

What’s Good About It
The boys discuss whether they’re ”man enough” not to solve their problems with a gun.

What’s Bad About It
For a while the boys enjoy their violent rites of passage.

Appropriate Ages
15 and up

The Thin Blue Line

What It’s About
Dual episodes of the hit BBC sitcom about English police inspector Raymond Fowler (Rowan Atkinson, in a post-Mr. Bean role) and some bumbling bobbies.

Will Kids Want to Watch It?
Teens may find these Keystone Kops a blast, but younger kids will prefer Atkinson as Mr. Bean.

MPAA Rating
Unrated

Sex/Nudity
Innuendo only

Drugs/Alcohol
A drunk throws up in Fowler’s hat.

Violence/Scariness
None

Objectionable Words/Phrases
Seven

What’s Good About It
The writing is sharp, and the language sophisticated.

What’s Bad About It
British humor may sail by many American youngsters.

Appropriate Ages
13 and up

Shiloh

What It’s About
Eleven-year-old Marty (Blake Heron) is determined to protect the beagle who follows him home after being mistreated by his owner, hunter Judd (Scott Wilson).

Will Kids Want to Watch It?
Maybe, but despite a happy ending, this animal-abuse tale is too disturbing for young or sensitive children.

MPAA Rating
PG

Sex/Nudity
None

Drugs/Alcohol
Judd is a big beer drinker.

Violence/Scariness
Judd hits his dog Shiloh with the butt of a rifle and kicks him; Shiloh is found bleeding.

Objectionable Words/Phrases
One

What’s Good About It
It just may inspire them to read the Newbery award-winning book the movie is based on.

What’s Bad About It
Shiloh’s sad face and bruised body are likely to make children cry.

Appropriate Ages
6 and up

Viva Las Vegas

What It’s About
The king of rock & roll becomes king of the road as race-car driver Lucky (Elvis Presley) sets his mind on winning the Las Vegas Grand Prix and his heart on swimming teacher Rusty (Ann-Margret).

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