Is ”Star Wars” right for your kids?
IN A NUTSHELL Ten years have elapsed since the events of ”Episode I,” and Anakin (Hayden Christensen) must join his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) to protect Queen Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman), now a senator, from assassins — all in the midst of a separatist revolt that threatens to destroy the entire Republic.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT? Naaaah — that is, unless tickets to ”Warm Water Under a Red Bridge” and ”Lagaan” are sold out. (Okay, we’re kidding.)
SEX/NUDITY The anatomically neutral robots sport bare metal; Padmé and Anakin share a few chaste kisses.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL None. The funniest scene in the movie is essentially an anti-smoking PSA.
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS Much smiting of ‘bots by saber-wielding Jedi, at least a couple of bloodless battle amputations, and many spectacular explosions. Also, there’s the requisite parade of George Lucas alien freaks. But they tend to sit in the front row, so if you grab a seat in back you’ll be fine.
OBJECTIONALBE WORDS/PHRASES/STEREOTYPES None (assuming you’re not offended by stilted dialogue)
THE VERDICT For most kids, this is the most anticipated movie of the summer. Use previous installments in the epic series as your guide, since this latest chapter, although slightly darker in tone, is essentially consistent in terms of age appropriateness with its predecessors.
APPROPRIATE AGES 7 and up