LIFE OF PI
Rating: PG for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril
What it's about: A teen, a tiger, a hyena, a zebra and an orangutan survive a shipwreck and are stuck on the same lifeboat together.
The kid attractor factor: Critters and a kid in a survival story.
Good lessons, bad lessons: "Hunger can change everything you ever thought you knew about yourself."
Violence: Animal-on-animal attacks, graphic enough to scare off the very young.
Language: Quite clean.
Sex: Perfectly chaste.
Drugs: None at all.
Parents advisory: As religious parables go, this one's too long and entirely too dense for the very young. Suitable for ages 13 and older.
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense war violence and action, and for language
What it's about: The North Koreans invade, and high school kids resist the occupation.
The kid attractor factor: Teenagers, heroically shooting people and blowing stuff up. And occasionally getting shot or blown up themselves.
Good lessons, bad lessons: "We inherited our freedom. Now it's up to all of us to fight for it." Violence: Plentiful, not particularly graphic.
Language: Some profanity.
Sex: None, though there's flirting.
Parents advisory: More far-fetched and action-packed than the '80s version of this story, with fewer political overtones. OK for viewers 12 and older.
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