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Simply Irresistible / PG-13

IN A NUTSHELL
Chef Amanda (Sarah Michelle Gellar) feeds the fantasies of young executive Tom (Sean Patrick Flanery), who’s become interested in more than her cooking.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Gellar may be a teen TV favorite, but she doesn’t slay in this staid, grown-up romantic comedy.
SEX/NUDITY
Some talk about the male sex drive
DRUGS/ALCOHOL
Restaurant patrons drink with their meals.
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS
None
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES
A couple of minor expletives
THE VERDICT
It may make a good sleepover rental for older girls, but its way-to-a-man’s-heart-is-through-his-stomach undertone could make them gag.
APPROPRIATE AGES
12 and up

The Crow: Stairway … / Unrated

IN A NUTSHELL
In this compilation of TV episodes, Eric Draven (Mark Dacascos) returns to earth on the anniversary of his death to avenge himself upon his murderers.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Not unless they were fans of the first two Crow films
SEX/NUDITY
None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL
The bad guys guzzle beer.
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS
Endless shooting and martial-arts mayhem; a dark, menacing feel to the proceedings
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES
Some hells and damns but nothing serious
THE VERDICT
The constant violence belies the positive messages about eternal love and souls at peace.
APPROPRIATE AGES
12 and up

Forces of Nature / PG-13

IN A NUTSHELL
Groom-to-be Ben (Ben Affleck) hits turbulence when he gets involved with fellow plane passenger Sarah (Sandra Bullock) while journeying south to his wedding.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Older girls may enjoy it, but boys will probably think this romantic comedy is a bag of wind.
SEX/NUDITY
A glimpse of Sarah’s rear as she steps into a bath; Ben strips in a gay club.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL
Sarah smokes a joint; much drinking.
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS
Two elderly men suffer heart attacks.
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES
A few light ones
THE VERDICT
The story is ultimately pro-marriage, making it a refreshing choice for impressionable young viewers.
APPROPRIATE AGES
12 and up

Twin Dragons / PG-13

IN A NUTSHELL
Identical brothers (Jackie Chan) separated at birth — one conducts an orchestra, one conducts business with gangsters — finally meet up for a wacky adventure.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Chan’s followers will flip for a double dose of their hero.
SEX/NUDITY
Insinuations of sex, but no nudity
DRUGS/ALCOHOL
An occasional drink
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS
The usual Chan-tics: martial arts to the max done in comic-book style
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES
A liberal sprinkling of light profanity is dubbed in.
THE VERDICT
Lots of punches may be thrown, but Chan’s punchy attitude makes this movie harmless.
APPROPRIATE AGES
12 and up

Idle Hands / R

IN A NUTSHELL
Pothead Anton (Devon Sawa) discovers that his right hand is possessed and has taken him on a murder spree. Seth Green plays his wisecracking sidekick.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
It’s a lame story, but Green (Scott Evil of Austin Powers) may draw teens in.
SEX/NUDITY
The bare breasts of a teenage girl; a man has phone sex.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL
It’s all a big bong bash.
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS
Lots of gore and dismembered body parts; Anton gruesomely cuts off his own hand.
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES
Profanity spews as frequently as the blood.
THE VERDICT
The minds of these characters — who proudly announce that ”marijuana saves another disastrous day” — are as idle as their hands.
APPROPRIATE AGES
15 and up

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