Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Family Flicks

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Family Flicks

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THE Family Movie Guide should be used as a reference for selecting movies suitable for children, along with the Motion Picture Association of America rating system.

Films rated G, PG or PG-13 are listed, along with occasional R-rated films that may have entertainment or educational value for older children with parental guidance. Recommended for family viewing:

Free Willy (PG) - Mature themes (a message protesting the captivity of animals, homeless children, panhandling and stealing to survive, adjustment to foster parenthood); minor restless alert for small children whenever Willy the whale isn't splashing around.

Searching for Bobby Fischer (PG) - An unusually intelligent family film that isn't as slow-moving as you might expect from a movie about chess. No violence or profanity, but a drug-dealing transaction is briefly glimpsed. Mature themes that should spark discussion between parents and children (the pressures of competition, overzealous sports parents, making friends with the homeless, good sportsmanship and chess, a game that is typically left to adults). Very young children may need some points explained (quietly in theaters, please), but it's wonderful family fare. Recommended for family viewing, with reservations:

The Fugitive (PG-13) - A sprinkling of profanity; numerous scenes of violence, including a flashback to a brutal murder, gunplay and fisticuffs, plus a scary train/bus crash that sets convicted murderer Dr. Richard Kimble free from his captors. One fairly gory scene of Kimble (Harrison Ford) stitching a gaping wound on his abdomen. Mature themes (a miscarriage of justice, corporate conspiracy); recommended for ages 10 and older.

Heart and Souls (PG-13) - Profanity, mild violence (a bus crash, fisticuffs) and several sexual innuendoes intended as humor; mature themes (possibility of life after death, obnoxious materialism, death of a parent, foster homes, theft). Restless alert for children under age 10, although they may enjoy the infrequent "body-possession" scenes when ghostly spirits inhabit Robert Downey Jr.'s character.

Jurassic Park (PG-13) - Terrifying child-in-jeopardy violence (fear of electrocution and being ripped apart by T-Rex and his friends) and dino-deaths without gore, but filmed with intensity; a few mild profanities; mature themes (playing God with science, greed vs. …

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