Family Film Guide: 'The Impossible'

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The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:

'The Impossible'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Teenagers and up, keeping the subject matter in mind.

What you should know: This is the harrowing story of a family of five -- wife, husband and their three boys -- vacationing in Thailand in December 2004 when the tsunami hits. The destruction is vividly and expertly dramatized in this movie inspired by real events. It stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor as the parents and Tom Holland as the oldest of their three sons.

Language: A couple of stronger versions of heck.

Sexual situations and nudity: A woman's breast is briefly exposed, a moment that embarrasses her son, when the strap on her top gives way after it's ripped by water and debris.

Violence/scary situations: Lots, once the tsunami hits, sweeping away people, killing others, separating parents and children, leaving mounds of debris and sometimes bodies, and creating a chaotic hospital where people live and die. One leg gash is particularly bloody, raising questions about whether the limb can be saved.

Alcohol and drug use: Nothing out of the ordinary.

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