Family Film Guide: 'Beautiful Creatures' and 'Safe Haven'

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The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:

'Beautiful Creatures'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Teens and older.

What you should know: This is a movie version of the novel of the same name about a 15-year-old girl who is a "caster" (her preferred term for witch) and the mortal teenage boy who falls for her. She dreads her 16th birthday, when she will be "claimed" by either light or dark forces. The supernatural romance, set in a small Southern town, stars Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis and Emma Thompson.

Language: One use of profanity and roughly a dozen four-letter words.

Sexual situations and nudity: Some intense kissing.

Violence/scary situations: There are references to parents who previously died along with classroom windows that shatter, a dinner table that begins to spin, a car accident, a boy who is hit by a train (although you don't see that happening), a fatal shot and a flashback to the Civil War. Also talk or the appearance of people with various supernatural powers.

Alcohol and drug use: Wine is poured at a dinner table.

'Safe Haven'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Teens and older.

What you should know: This movie, a romance with some elements of a thriller, is based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. It follows a frightened Boston woman as she boards a bus south and tries to start over in a small North Carolina town. There, she meets a widowed father of two, but her past threatens to catch up with her and wreak havoc, heartbreak or even tragedy. Julianne Hough from "Dancing With the Stars" and Josh Duhamel star.

Language: Three uses of profanity and a half-dozen milder words.

Sexual situations and nudity: Intense kisses and brief, discreet scenes of a couple in bed.

Violence/scary situations: Scenes of domestic abuse, and a quarrel that turns violent and draws blood. An angry police officer embarks on a dogged search for a person of interest. A knife is drawn in one confrontation and gun discharged in another, with deadly results. A fire is set and puts a child and others in peril. There is talk about a young wife and mother who died of cancer, along with minor mishaps or falls.

Alcohol and drug use: Adults are shown with wine or beer at a meal and an alcoholic overindulges in wine, whiskey or vodka, sometimes while driving.



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