Family Film Guide: "Saving Mr. Banks"

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Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Children roughly 8 or 9 and up.

What you should know: TV commercials make this appear as light and bright as "Mary Poppins," but it's not suitable for the very young. The story includes many flashbacks to the childhood of author P.L. Travers; her mother tried to kill herself, and her charming alcoholic father became ill and died.

Language: One use of profanity and maybe two mild four-letter words.

Sexual situations and nudity: None.

Violence/scary situations: Travers' mother wades into water to drown herself but changes her mind after her daughter swims out to her and says it's time to go home. Travers' beloved father becomes ill -- he is shown coughing up blood -- and dies.

Drug or alcohol use: Travers' father is an alcoholic and he is seen at times with a flask or whiskey bottle. A couple of brief scenes show a hotel bar where patrons are drinking and there are other images, such as a glass of wine or whiskey added to tea.


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