Family Film Guide: 'Oz the Great and Powerful'

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The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:

Oz the Great and Powerful

Rated: PG.

Suitable for: Children roughly 7 or 8 years and older.

What you should know: This is a prequel to "The Wizard of Oz" and tells how the wizard -- a traveling circus magician played by James Franco -- came to Oz. It's 127 minutes long, has three witches and some scary moments.

Language: Just a couple of stronger versions of "darn."

Sexual situations and nudity: A few kisses.

Violence/scary situations: In addition to the tornado transporting Mr. Franco's character to Oz -- nearly killing or harming him -- there is a threatening strongman, a child in a wheelchair who thinks the magician can make her walk again, characters who can shoot fireballs or lightning from their fingertips, flying and screeching baboons, trickery that has life-changing results, witches whose ugly interiors become visible on the outside and an innocent woman held in chains and threatened with harm.

Alcohol and drug use: A circus patron takes a sip from a flask but that's about it.



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