Family Film Guide: 'Delivery Man' and 'The Christmas Candle'

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The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:

'Delivery Man'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Teens and older.

What you should know: This is a remake of a French Canadian movie about a man who learns that his regular sperm donations in the early 1990s produced 533 children and 142 of them are suing to learn his real name. Vince Vaughn stars.

Language: One f-word, one use of profanity and a few milder four-letter words.

Sexual situations and nudity: There are jokey references to the masturbation necessary for sperm donations, and someone talks about an erection problem.

Violence/scary situations: In addition to the emotional turmoil caused by the news about the fertility clinic mix-up and resulting lawsuit, Mr. Vaughn's character owes $80,000 to men who threaten to drown him and to harm his family. He slips off a swimming pool diving board.

Drug or alcohol use: Adults drink beer or wine, a man grows pot in his apartment but tosses it out, and a despondent young woman suffers an overdose and argues against going into a rehab program.

'The Christmas Candle'

Rated: PG.

Suitable for: 8- or 9-year-olds and up, although there's nothing in the movie that couldn't appear on television.

What you should know: This is a faith-based family movie from EchoLight Studios, headed by former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum. It's set in 1890 England and features singer Susan Boyle making her big-screen acting debut.

Language: None.

Sexual situations and nudity: A kiss or two. Also, an unmarried woman is pregnant and evicted from her apartment and abandoned by the father of her child.

Violence/scary situations: A couple of supporting characters die. A man is gravely ill with consumption (what we would call tuberculosis), and a reference is made to others who succumbed to the illness. A boy has been unable to speak since the deaths of his parents. A fire causes panic. An expectant mother temporarily is stranded in a snowstorm.

Drug or alcohol use: A man says he had a problem with drinking, but no longer.


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