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
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.
First Published March 8, 2013 12:00 am