Family Film Guide: 'The Dark Knight Rises'

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The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:

'The Dark Knight Rises'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Mature 10-year-olds and up, keeping in mind the running time of 2 hours and 44 minutes. Also, the movie refers to some incidents or characters from the first two, so it's very helpful to have seen them.

What you should know: This is Christopher Nolan's conclusion to his Batman trilogy. It returns Christian Bale, among others, and adds Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Tom Hardy as the brawny terrorist Bale. Some of the movie was shot in Pittsburgh in summer 2011 although the city helps to play Gotham, as do other locations.

Language: A couple of uses of "Jesus" and a few of the mildest four-letter words.

Sexual situations and nudity: Kisses, along with a partially clothed but modest couple shown after an obvious night spent together.

Violence/scary situations: This is where the movie earns its rating. It opens with an elaborate hijacking that takes a toll on passengers and planes. Throughout the movie, a terrorist wages war on Gotham and Batman. Punches are thrown, shots fired, people kidnapped, injured or even killed (bloodlessly), ruses perpetrated, explosions set off and widespread destruction triggered.

Class warfare breaks out and the mood can be bleak with the safety of all of Gotham, including some orphaned children, in jeopardy. There are chase scenes with all manner of vehicles, and characters die and are mourned although the story allows for hope and happiness, too.

Alcohol and drug use: Drinks passed at parties or other adult functions.



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