[WHAT IT’S ABOUT] When his family (led by the late John Denver) heads to Colorado during the 1850 gold rush, 14-year-old Jacob (David Tom) learns that pioneering is harder than it looks in his books.
[WILL KIDS WANT TO WATCH IT?] The family-in-jeopardy plot is too scary for little kids and too tame for older ones.
[MPAA RATING] G
[DRUGS/ALCOHOL] Whiskey drinking
[VIOLENCE/SCARINESS] Killer bears; fighting, shooting; the family is held at knifepoint; Jacob’s ma goes into labor without his pa.
[OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES] One
[WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT] Jacob realizes that his bespectacled dad is a hero in his own right.
[WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD ABOUT IT] The message that women are good only for making babies and correcting their kids’ grammar
[APPROPRIATE AGES] 7 to 12
[WHAT IT’S ABOUT] 17-year-old Baby (Jennifer Grey) summers at a resort with her parents, where dance instructor Johnny (Patrick Swayze) helps her move with confidence and think for herself.
[WILL KIDS WANT TO WATCH IT?] This coming-of-age tale will be as much of a hit with girls as it was in its first 1987 release.
[MPAA RATING] PG-13
[SEX/NUDITY] Baby and Johnny make love under the covers; sultry dancing
[DRUGS/ALCOHOL] Drinks at meals and parties
[OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES] About 10
[WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT] Baby is a smart, independent role model.
[WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD ABOUT IT] The subplot involving a dancer who has an abortion may be inappropriate for younger kids.
[APPROPRIATE AGES] 13 and up
[WHAT IT’S ABOUT] 18-year-old Dark (James Duval) searches for true love among the drugged and ruined of the jaded L.A. teen scene.
[WILL KIDS WANT TO WATCH IT?] Director Gregg Araki has his young fans, but you won’t want your kid to be one of them.
[MPAA RATING] R
[SEX/NUDITY] Rampant sexual experimentation; two shots of Dark’s bare backside
[DRUGS/ALCOHOL] Kids snort cocaine, pop pills, and drink liquor.
[VIOLENCE/SCARINESS] Two suicides; date rape; a carjacking at gunpoint; a fatal beating
[OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES] About 25
[WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT] It’s less than 90 minutes long.
[WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD ABOUT IT] Its nihilism
[APPROPRIATE AGES] 16 and up with a parent
Mrs. Santa Claus
[WHAT IT’S ABOUT] Tired of spending Christmas Eve alone, Mrs. Claus (Angela Lansbury) takes the reindeer out for a spin to New York City, where she gets a job in a toy factory and helps unionize its employees.