Family Film Guide: 'The Odd Life of Timothy Green' and 'ParaNorman'

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The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:

'The Odd Life of Timothy Green'

Rated: PG.

Suitable for: Children roughly 10 or 11 and up.

What you should know: Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton play a couple struggling with infertility. One night, a boy appears in their midst and helps introduce them to parenthood. There is no guarantee he will not disappear as mysteriously and quickly as he arrived. The movie provides insights and lessons about parenthood, childhood and how it's hard but OK to be different or even a little weird.

Language: Very little, maybe two stronger versions of darn and heck.

Sexual situations and nudity: A married couple kiss.

Violence/scary situations: An upset adult sobs in private. A dodgeball game gets intense. Some school boys cover a newcomer with food and call it an "art project." Dramatic entrances and exits are accompanied by stormy weather. In the case of young and old, time with family is more limited than everyone would like.

Alcohol and drug use: Adults drink wine.


Rated: PG.

Suitable for: Children roughly 10 and up.

What you should know: It's a stop-motion animated feature in the vein of "Coraline." Norman is an 11-year-old boy who can see ghosts, a trait that makes him a misfit until his power is seen as a way of saving the town from a centuries-old witch's curse. The movie is available in 2-D and 3-D, but the 3-D isn't as impressive or necessary as with other releases.

Language: Very little, maybe one stronger version of "heck" and use of a stronger term for donkey.

Sexual situations and nudity: None, other than some flirting that goes nowhere.

Violence/scary situations: Norman, who enjoys zombie movies, can see and talk with ghosts and starts to have scary visions. That contributes to bullying and tormenting at school and home. A relative, who dies and turns into a ghost, tells him he's the town's only hope in the face of a centuries-old witch's curse. When some dead rise, the townspeople arm themselves with anything they can find, from loaded guns to toilet plungers. There are wild chases, zombies, scary encounters in the forest and talk about a child separated forever from her mother and sentenced to death because people feared her.

Alcohol and drug use: Nothing notable.



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