We take a look at this fall's movies and let you know which are suitable for kids
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The Mighty

What It’s About Inspired by the stories of King Arthur, seventh-grade outcasts Kevin (Kieran Culkin) and Max (Elden Henson) form an unlikely friendship and act as each other’s armor.
Will Kids Want to Watch It? Maybe, but the story is too contrived and predictable to hold their interest.
MPAA Rating PG-13
Sex/Nudity None
Drugs/Alcohol Grown-ups sip wine with Christmas dinner.
Violence/Scariness Bullies threaten the boys with a knife; Max’s killer father tries to strangle a woman.
Objectionable Words/Phrases About 10
What’s Good About It The empowering nature of friendship
What’s Not So Good Little ones may be disturbed by the depiction of kids’ cruelty to each other.
Appropriate Ages 12 and up

Beloved

What It’s About Former slave Sethe (Oprah Winfrey) is haunted by her past and the ghost of her murdered daughter, Beloved (Thandie Newton).
Will Kids Want to Watch It? This adaptation of Toni Morrison’s prizewinning novel is too full of real-life horror to appeal to kids.
MPAA Rating R
Sex/Nudity A nude, pregnant Beloved; Sethe’s breasts during a sexual assault
Drugs/Alcohol Sethe’s lover, Paul D (Danny Glover), has a drink.
Violence/Scariness The attempted murder of four children; slaves are whipped and hanged.
Objectionable Words/Phrases Three
What’s Good About It The amazing resilience of the human spirit
What’s Not So Good The film graphically chronicles the tragic events that make that resilience necessary.
Appropriate Ages 15 and up

Practical Magic

What It’s About Witchy sisters Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian (Nicole Kidman) are forced to cast a spell or two when traditional ways of dealing with men just don’t work.
Will Kids Want to Watch It? Older girls will be enchanted by the story of love, sisterhood, and hocus-pocus.
MPAA Rating PG-13
Sex/Nudity None
Drugs/Alcohol The sisters and their aunts get drunk.
Violence/Scariness Gillian and Sally poison and bury a would-be kidnapper (Goran Visnjic).
Objectionable Words/Phrases About 20
What’s Good About It? The message that our powers are only as strong as we believe they are
What’s Not So Good A scene in which the witches fly off a roof for fun could have used a ”Don’t Try This at Home” warning.
Appropriate Ages 12 and up

Bride of Chucky

What It’s About Chucky, that serial-killing doll (voice of Brad Dourif), gets a partner in crime named Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly).
Will Kids Want to Watch It? Yes, unfortunately; fans of the Child’s Play horror flicks will probably want to see this insipid fourth installment.
MPAA Rating R
Sex/Nudity A couple fool around in their underwear.
Drugs/Alcohol Chucky and some teens smoke joints; Tiffany has a drink in the bath.
Violence/Scariness Impalings, stabbings, shootings, electrocutions
Objectionable Words/Phrases About 60
What’s Good About It Nothing at all
What’s Not So Good The genuine joy Chucky and Tiffany feel after killing people
Appropriate Ages 15 and up

Pleasantville

What It’s About Teens David (Tobey Maguire) and Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon) are magically transported into a ’50s TV show to take over the lives of fictional high schoolers Bud and Mary Sue.
Will Kids Want to Watch It? Yes, the fanciful story and exciting visuals will draw them in.
MPAA Rating PG-13
Sex/Nudity Mom Betty (Joan Allen) sexually satisfies herself; a nude painting.
Drugs/Alcohol Betty serves her husband, George (William H. Macy), a cocktail.
Violence/Scariness Young men harass Betty; rioters vandalize a soda shop and burn library books.
Objectionable Words/Phrases About 10
What’s Good About It Its vivid depiction of the possibilities that open up when people can show their true colors
What’s Not So Good The sexual awakenings of these ’50s folk may be a bit much for younger kids.
Appropriate Ages 12 and up

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