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Parents' guide to movies

We look at ”The 6th Day,” ”Bounce,” ”The Grinch,” and ”Men of Honor”

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THE 6TH DAY (PG-13)
IN A NUTSHELL
Pilot Adam (Arnold Schwarzenegger) does a double take when he discovers he’s been cloned and his new self has moved in with his wife and daughter.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Yes, they love Ah-nuld, and they’ll love two of him twice as much.
SEX/NUDITY
The bare behind of a female clone; some suggestive situations between a human male and his virtual girlfriend
DRUGS/ALCOHOL
A beer or two
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS
Lots of shooting; body parts are severed by laser guns.
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES/STEREOTYPES
Profanities are projected rapid-fire.
THE VERDICT
The movie is loud and action-packed, but it may actually provoke some interesting discussions about life, death, and cloning.
APPROPRIATE AGES
13 and up

DR SEUSS’S THE GRINCH (PG)
IN A NUTSHELL
Ron Howard’s big-screen adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic, starring Jim Carrey as the ultimate cartoon curmudgeon.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Yes. (Did we mention Dr. Seuss? And that the movie stars Jim Carrey?)
SEX/NUDITY
A few mildly suggestive moments; some ample cleavage; Mayor Who (Jeffrey Tambor) kisses the backside of Max the dog.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL
The Grinch consumes a bottle of wine — glass and all.
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS
Numerous slapstick collisions and tumbles; the Grinch’s costume and yellow eyes
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES/STEREOTYPES
More mild than an average hour of prime-time TV
THE VERDICT
Carrey manages to demonstrate his gifts for physical comedy without his usual crudeness.
APPROPRIATE AGES
8 and up

BOUNCE (PG-13)
IN A NUTSHELL
An ad exec (Ben Affleck) gives his boarding pass to a stranger, who dies when the plane crashes. Later the ad man meets and falls in love with the stranger’s widow (Gwyneth Paltrow).
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Teens may be drawn by the star power of former offscreen lovebirds Benneth.
SEX/NUDITY
Some kissing; two couples in bed together; no nudity
DRUGS/ALCOHOL
Affleck’s character realizes he has a drinking problem, enters rehab, and remains sober.
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS
A leashed dog attacks Affleck (violence), tearing his Armani suit (scariness).
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES/STEREOTYPES
One single solitary curse, but it’s the big one: the F-word!
THE VERDICT
A relatively understated, grown-up romantic drama that will bore small children but may appeal to older kids and teens
APPROPRIATE AGES
13 and up

LITTLE NICKY (PG-13)
IN A NUTSHELL
Satan’s son (Adam Sandler) has a devil of a time bringing his brothers back home after they head north to turn New York City into a literal hell on earth.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Yes, despite lack-luster box office. Sandler’s shtick still appeals to kids.
SEX/NUDITY
Nicky’s dog mates; Satan puts breasts on a man’s head and punishes Hitler by shoving pineapples where the sun doesn’t shine.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL
Lots of drinking and marijuana use
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS
Nicky is repeatedly, brutally killed and sent back to hell, but always comes back to life.
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES/STEREOTYPES
Loads, but the devil must’ve made ’em say it.
THE VERDICT
Good triumphs, but the demented pleasure taken in torture and murder will offend many parents, if not kids.
APPROPRIATE AGES
15 and up

MEN OF HONOR (R)
IN A NUTSHELL
It’s sink or swim for Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding Jr.), who swears to become the Navy’s first black Master Diver, despite the efforts of good ol’ boy instructor Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro).
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Yes, teens may be inspired by this true story and its Oscar-winning actors.
SEX/NUDITY
None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL
Sunday and his wife (Charlize Theron) booze it up; sailors drink on leave.
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS
Sailors’ lives are often imperiled; Sunday head-butts an MP.
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES/STEREOTYPES
This movie offers a dramatic interpretation of the expression ”cursing like a sailor.”
THE VERDICT
Brashear is a real hero, and his dignity and perseverance are certainly worth the price of your child’s admission.
APPROPRIATE AGES
15 and up

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