Family Film Guide: 'Gimme Shelter'

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'Gimme Shelter'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Teens and older.

What you should know: Vanessa Hudgens further distances herself from her onetime Disney image with this story of a pregnant teen who runs away from her drug addict mother. Her father suggests she have an abortion, but she changes her mind, disappears and eventually lands in a shelter for girls with nowhere to turn.

Language: On the mild side, with stronger versions of darn and heck and several uses of the b-word that rhymes with witch.

Sexual situations and nudity: None although there is mention of a foster father inappropriately touching a girl, a reference to getting pregnant after having sex a single time and a house of expectant teenage mothers.

Violence/scary situations: A girl's attempt to leave her abusive, angry mother is met with invective. Ms. Hudgens' character is pushed out of a cab and to the ground when it's evident she doesn't have enough for the fare. Police mistakenly think a visitor is trying to break into a home and roughly handle and handcuff her. A girl is forced into a stranger's car. A wild ride ends in a violent crash and a hospital stay. A woman who won't take no for an answer responds with her fists and a razor blade. There are references to girls having been raped, shuffled to multiple foster homes and abused. A character is shown in the final throes of labor and delivery.

Drug or alcohol use: Adults consume wine with dinner. The mother of Ms. Hudgens' character is a drug user whose teeth have turned yellow and who looks thin and unhealthy.


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