Find out if ''The Deep End of the Ocean,'' ''Analyze This,'' and more are suitable for your kids

By Lois Alter Mark
Updated March 19, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST
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Parents’ Guide for the latest movies

The Deep End of the Ocean

What it’s about:
Nine years after their 3-year-old son disappears, Beth (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Pat (Treat Williams) discover he’s back in the neighborhood.

Will kids want to watch it?:
No, the story is far too disturbing for preteens.

MPAA Rating:
PG-13

Sex/Nudity:
A little birth-control talk

Drugs/Alcohol:
The couple’s older son is arrested for drunk driving.

Violence/Scariness:
Nothing graphic, but kids may find the subject matter terrifying.

Objectional words/phrases:
About 30

What’s good about it:
The film shows just how easy it is to abduct a child.

What’s not so good:
The film shows just how easy it is to abduct a child.

Appropriate ages:
13 and up


Analyze This

What it’s about:
Mob boss Paul Vitti (Robert De Niro) demands help from psychiatrist Ben Sobel (Billy Crystal) when he begins to experience anxiety attacks.

Will kids want to watch it?:
Yes, the pairing of these wise guys will trigger bursts of laughter.

MPAA Rating:
R

Sex/Nudity:
Paul has sex with his mistress under the covers.

Drugs/Alcohol:
Social drinking

Violence/Scariness:
Bloodless shoot-outs; a man is thrown off a hotel balcony.

Objectional words/phrases:
More than 100

What’s good about it:
Paul realizes a life of crime can be unhealthy.

What’s not so good:
Should we really feel sympathy for a mobster?

Appropriate ages:
13 and up


Cruel Intentions

What it’s about:
Spoiled rich kid Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar) makes a bet with the equally manipulative Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) that he can’t seduce the virginal Annette (Reese Witherspoon).

Will kids want to watch it?:
They’ll get a kick out of seeing their favorite actors in a modern-day Dangerous Liaisons.

MPAA Rating:
R

Sex/Nudity:
Sebastian’s bare butt; endless sex talk; lots of couplings under the covers

Drugs/Alcohol:
Kathryn snorts cocaine; champagne drinking

Violence/Scariness:
A man dies after being hit by a cab.

Objectional words/phrases:
About 60

What’s good about it:
Annette’s ”manifesto” to wait for marriage before having sex

What’s not so good:
How easily she gives up her convictions

Appropriate ages:
17 and up


200 Cigarettes

What it’s about:
Young New Yorkers (including Ben and Casey Affleck, and Christina Ricci) look for love — or settle for sex — on New Year’s Eve, 1981.

Will kids want to watch it?:
The hip cast and soundtrack — and the strong push by MTV — may lure them in.

MPAA Rating:
R

Sex/Nudity:
Nonstop sexual references; friends grope in a bathroom stall; provocative paintings

Drugs/Alcohol:
A cabdriver tokes on a joint; constant drinking and smoking.

Violence/Scariness:
None

Objectional words/phrases:
About 80

What’s good about it:
Despite their quirks, most everyone manages to find a soul mate.

What’s not so good:
The overall consensus that you must have sex on New Year’s Eve

Appropriate ages:
15 and up


The Corruptor

What it’s about:
The trust between decorated New York cop Nick Chen (Chow Yun-Fat) and rough-hewn rookie Danny Wallace (Mark Wahlberg) gets tested as they fight Chinatown gangs.

Will kids want to watch it?:
There’s no denying the appeal of heartthrob Wahlberg and action legend Chow.

MPAA Rating:
R

Sex/Nudity:
Topless prostitutes and the backsides of their male clients; nude female corpses

Drugs/Alcohol:
Cops have beers; Danny’s dad nips from a flask.

Violence/Scariness:
Lots of shootings, explosions, and bloody bodies

Objectional words/phrases:
About 60

What’s good about it:
Its emphasis on the sacred bond between partners

What’s not so good:
Most of the female characters are here just to bare their breasts.

Appropriate ages:
17 and up

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