Family watch:'Oz' is best choice for youngest set

Published: Friday, Mar. 8, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 20TICKET
Last Modified: Friday, Mar. 8, 2013 - 6:05 pm

Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers.


OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

Rating: PG for sequences of action and scary images, and brief mild language

What it's about: A carnival magician is sucked, by tornado, into the Land of Oz. And a legend is born.

The kid attractor factor: Flying monkeys, wicked witches and a lot of reminders of "The Wizard of Oz."

Good lessons, bad lessons: "Nothing's impossible, if you put your mind to it." Rules to live by? "Show up. Keep up and shut up."

Violence: The menacing monkeys have been supplanted by scarier 3-D baboons.

Language: Disney clean.

Sex: A few smooches, a little leering, a little Mila Kunis in spandex.

Drugs: Not a hint.

Parents advisory: Scarier and not nearly as adorable or musical as the original, but if your kids love "The Wizard of Oz," they'll get the jokes. Suitable for 8-and-up.


THE LAST EXORCISM: PART II

Rating: PG-13 for horror violence, terror and brief language

What it's about: A teenager continues to flee her date with the devil.

The kid attractor factor: Scary stuff, much of it involving teenagers.

Good lessons, bad lessons: "Darkness is not the only power in this world," and the only person who can save you from Satan is you.

Violence: Yes.

Language: Scattered profanity

Sex: Flirted with, discussed.

Drugs: Intravenous.

Parents advisory: The scary subject matter and this film's treatment of it rule it out for 10-and-unders.

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