Family Film Guide: 'Brave' and 'Moonrise Kingdom'
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The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:
Suitable for: Kindergartners and older.
What you should know: This is an animated movie from Pixar-Disney and features Merida, a red-haired Scottish princess, who defies tradition and her mother by -- essentially -- fighting for her own hand in marriage. But she encounters a witch who grants her wish to change her mother, not realizing what she's about to do.
Language: Nothing notable.
Sexual situations and nudity: A man in a kilt lifts the back of his skirt, but you see nothing naughty. Some men remove their kilts and you can see their bare bottoms in a brief scene played for laughs. A husband and wife exchange a kiss.
Violence/scary situations: Merida is thrown from her horse and rowdy men get into rollicking fights, but the scariest scenes involve bears. One rears up and bites off the leg of Merida's dad -- you don't watch the chomping but later see the king with a peg leg. (Spoiler alert) A spell is cast on Merida's mother and she becomes woozy and is transformed into a bear. Unable to fight her instincts, she takes a swipe at her daughter but the girl is not harmed. Hunters mistake the mama bear for a killer animal and go after her. Another bear tries to get to Merida (again she's not hurt), and two bears engage in a battle.
Alcohol and drug use: No drugs, but some animated alcohol appears to be consumed.
Suitable for: Mature tweens and up, although adults may bask in its nostalgic setting.
What you should know: This is a quirky story, set in summer 1965, about two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together into the wilderness.
Language: Three or so uses of profanity and a half-dozen, at most, mild expletives.
Sexual situations and nudity: The tweens strip to their underwear, kiss, dance closely and share a tent overnight. Hints of an illicit affair between adults.
Violence/scary situations: Some blood is drawn when scissors are wielded as a weapon, and an animal is killed accidentally by an arrow. A child is struck by lightning but not seriously hurt, an adult is rescued from a fiery tent, and a fierce storm takes its toll on buildings, tents and the like. Three people standing atop a bell tower are left dangling but not injured. A boy who is an orphan is told by his foster parents, in a letter, that they no longer want him in their home. There is talk, quickly batted away, about electroshock therapy.
Alcohol and drug use: An adult shares a splash of beer with a 12-year-old, and another is shown with a wine bottle he plans to empty.
First Published June 22, 2012 12:00 am