Family Film Guide: "Nim's Island," "Leatherheads"

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The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:
'Nim's Island'

Rated: PG.

Suitable for: School-age youngsters and up.

What you should know: Abigail Breslin is an 11-year-old girl who lives alone on a remote island with her scientist father. When he goes missing on an expedition, she has to defend the island from cruise-ship passengers and reach out to the writer of her favorite adventure novels. Gerard Butler and Jodie Foster also star.

Language: Very tame.

Sexual situations and nudity: None.

Violence/scary situations: Breslin's character, Nim, is alone when her home is battered by storms and she fears her father is dead. In fact, he is stranded at sea with sharks circling. Nim, whose mother died years before, scrapes her leg in a fall and fears it may be infected. Foster's character is a bundle of anxieties who hasn't left her home in 16 weeks.

Drug or alcohol use: Nothing notable.


Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: 8- or 9-year-olds and up although best for tweens and older.

What you should know: George Clooney, Renee Zellweger and John Krasinski star in this comedy set in 1925 in the earliest, most raucous days of professional football.

Language: Less than a dozen curses, some with God's name attached.

Sexual situations and nudity: Tame, just a couple of kisses exchanged.

Violence/scary situations:Punches and brawls, both on and off the football field.

Drug or alcohol use: Beer, whiskey and the alcoholic contents of flasks are consumed.


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