Family Film Guide: 'Cars,' 'Prairie Home Companion,' 'Keeping up with the Steins'
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Best for: Preschoolers or kindergarten-age children and above, who can sit for two hours and appreciate some of the movie's quieter moments.
What you should know: "Cars" is from Pixar Animation Studios ("Toy Story," "The Incredibles," other hits), and it's about a hotshot rookie race car named Lightning who is headed to California for a race when he's stuck in a sleepy Route 66 town.
Sexual situations and nudity: None.
Violence/scary situations: Car crashes and spills, and it's mildly scary when Lightning is accidentally separated from the truck transporting him.
Drug and alcohol use: None.
"Prairie Home Companion"
Best for: Teens who are familiar with the Garrison Keillor radio show and older moviegoers.
What you should know: Although Lindsay Lohan stars in this movie, it turns on older actors such as Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Kline and others. It's a treat for fans of the radio show; others probably won't be interested.
Language: Some mild three- and four-letter words.
Sexual situations and nudity: Jokes are made about a woman being very pregnant, a couple intends to rendezvous but never does, and there are mildly risque jokes or double entendres.
Violence/scary situations: A man dies, peacefully, backstage, and references are made to fatal car accidents.
Drug and alcohol use: A bit of champagne is consumed.
"Keeping Up With the Steins"
Best for: Bar mitzvah age and up.
What you should know: A high-powered Hollywood agent (Jeremy Piven) prepares to one-up his archrival in the bar mitzvah of his shy son (Daryl Sabara). His estranged father (Garry Marshall) shows up to throw a wrench into the plans.
Language: Some mildly crude words.
Sexual situations and nudity: An older man's bare backside is seen in a swimming pool scene.
Violence/scary situations: None.
Drug and alcohol use: References are made to getting high. There's a scene in which three underage boys raid the liquor cabinet, and one gets sick afterward. There also is drinking during party scenes.
First Published June 9, 2006 12:00 am