Family Film Guide: 'Jack the Giant Slayer'

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The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Children who are in elementary school and older, as long as they can sit attentively for almost two hours and -- if watching in 3-D -- keep their 3-D glasses on throughout.

What you should know: The children's fairy tale has been retooled, opened up and filmed in 3-D, but it is also available in 2-D. Nicholas Hoult stars in the title role as a farm boy who trades a horse (not a cow, as in the classic version) for magic beans that eventually send a beanstalk shooting into the sky. He climbs the miles-high stalk in pursuit of a princess and finds an entire team of hungry giants who aren't content to stay in their sky-high home.

Language: Very mild, maybe one stronger version of "heck."

Sexual situations and nudity: A kiss or two.

Violence/scary situations: A reference is made to Jack's father perishing in the plague. Characters are punched, caged, stabbed, swatted by giants (one of whom has two heads), targeted for dinner by the ogres or pushed to their deaths, but it's largely bloodless. A big-scale battle ensues with a windmill sent flying, giants chasing humans, flaming arrows and a magic bean chucked down a gullet with explosive results.

Alcohol and drug use: Nothing notable.



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