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Parents' Guide: Movies

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Soul Food

WHAT IT’S ABOUT Hungry to keep family traditions alive, young Ahmad (Brandon Hammond) tries to get his strong-willed relatives to stop arguing after matriarch Mother Joe (Irma P. Hall) falls ill.
WILL KIDS WANT TO WATCH IT? Yes. Filled with warmth and humor, this movie really cooks.
MPAA RATING R
SEX/NUDITY A bare butt during extramarital sex; dirty dancing
DRUGS/ALCOHOL Alcoholic beverages with dinners
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS A man pushes his wife against a wall and holds a gun to someone’s head; a house fire breaks out; Mother Joe lapses into a coma.
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES 65
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT The movie is a celebration of family.
WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD Even though it’s narrated by a kid, it features too much profanity and sex talk for young children.
APPROPRIATE AGES 15 and up

The Ice Storm

WHAT IT’S ABOUT The Hood family (Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire) skates on thin ice as the ’70s sexual revolution threatens to tear them apart.
WILL KIDS WANT TO WATCH IT? No. This drama about a lost generation will leave them cold.
MPAA RATING R
SEX/NUDITY Kids compare their privates; parents swing.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL Kids smoke pot; adults booze it up.
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS One character is electrocuted on a fallen power line.
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES About 25
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT The essence of the ’70s is chillingly captured in all its dorky-patterned glory.
WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD The parents are as immature as their children.
APPROPRIATE AGES 17 and up

In & Out

WHAT IT’S ABOUT Howard Brackett (Kevin Kline), a small-town drama teacher, comes kicking and screaming out of the closet when he’s the victim of a surprise public outing.
WILL KIDS WANT TO WATCH IT? Yes, and older kids will roar with laughter.
MPAA RATING PG-13
SEX/NUDITY A blow-up doll at a bachelor party
DRUGS/ALCOHOL Beer and wine abound.
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS None
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES About 10
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT It teaches tolerance without being preachy.
WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD After the much-touted kiss between men, be prepared to discuss homosexuality.
APPROPRIATE AGES 13 and up