Family Film Guide: "The Dark Knight"

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The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:

'The Dark Knight'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Children roughly 9 or 10 years old and up.

What you should know: This is the second Batman movie with Christian Bale. It features Heath Ledger, who died in January of an accidental overdose, as The Joker and is a dark movie that could be too long (21/2 hours), intense and scary for younger, sensitive moviegoers.

Language: A harsher version of darn and a couple of cruder words for backside.

Sexual situations and nudity: A few kisses are exchanged.

Violence/scary situations: This is where the movie earns its rating, with people shot, injured or killed in fiery explosions, poisoned, beaten and, in one case, disfigured. A woman and her two children are kidnapped and a gun is held to her head and to her son's. Although The Joker's makeup and stories about how his face was scarred are unsettling, it's Harvey Two-Face who may be the most disturbing. Part of his cheek and lips have been burned or gouged away, one of his eyes pops and his skin bears the marks of fire damage.

Drug or alcohol use: Adults briefly are shown with champagne and other alcoholic beverages.


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