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Gattaca

WHAT IT’S ABOUT
In a world where designer genes rule, the genetically inferior Vincent (Ethan Hawke) attempts to assume the identity of Jerome (Jude Law), a fallen member of society’s elite.
WILL KIDS WANT TO WATCH IT?
No. This somber futuristic thriller about DNA will strike them as a DUD.
MPAA RATING
PG-13
SEX/NUDITY
A glimpse of Vincent’s bare butt
DRUGS/ALCOHOL
Vincent and Jerome get drunk.
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS
A bloody body is found; a man self-immolates
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES
Nine
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT
The theme that you can rise above your lot in life
WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD
The movie’s nod to style over substance will alienate most kids.
APPROPRIATE AGES
12 and up

Bean

WHAT IT’S ABOUT
Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson), the irrepressible character from the popular Britcom, is a museum security guard sent to the States to pose as a renowned art historian.
WILL KIDS WANT TO WATCH IT?
Definitely. Forget Beanie Babies, this half-baked, lovable Bean could start a whole new craze.
MPAA RATING
PG
SEX/NUDITY
None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL
Bean and a colleague drink.
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS
A colleague’s daughter gets in a motorcycle accident; a man is shot
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES
Four
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT
You’ll laugh as loud as your kids.
WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD
Your kids might start prancing around, flipping the bird just like Bean.
APPROPRIATE AGES
8 and up

Fairytale — A True Story

WHAT IT’S ABOUT
Young cousins Frances (Elizabeth Earl) and Elsie (Florence Hoath) produce photographs of pixies living in their garden.
WILL KIDS WANT TO WATCH IT?
Little girls will be enchanted, but older boys won’t be caught dead at a fairy movie.
MPAA RATING
PG
SEX/NUDITY
None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL
Three scenes of social drinking
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS
Elsie’s mom mourns the death of her son; Frances meets a disfigured soldier on a train
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES
Two
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT
The sense of magic and hope it instills
WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD
Older kids who brush it off because of its pixie theme will miss a surprisingly sophisticated film.
APPROPRIATE AGES
5 and up

I Know What You Did …

WHAT IT’S ABOUT
Teens Barry (Ryan Phillippe), Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt), Ray (Freddie Prinze Jr.), and Helen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) are haunted by the hit-and-run accident they vowed to keep a secret.
WILL KIDS WANT TO WATCH IT?
Yes. This horror flick based on Lois Duncan’s young-adult novel is a scream.
MPAA RATING
R
SEX/NUDITY
Two clothed couples fool around on the beach.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL
Barry gets drunk.
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS
After running someone over, the teens throw the body into the ocean; killer uses a hook to gut a half-dozen people
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES
About 70
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT
There’s more suspense than gore.
WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD
A bunch of teens get hunted down and killed, and their parents don’t notice a thing.
APPROPRIATE AGES
15 and up

Starship Troopers

WHAT IT’S ABOUT
Johnny (Casper Van Dien), Dizzy (Dina Meyer), Carl (Neil Patrick Harris), and Carmen (Denise Richards) join the intergalactic war effort to destroy giant alien bugs.
WILL KIDS WANT TO WATCH IT?
Without a doubt. This carnage-filled battle film sets its sights on the Doom generation.
MPAA RATING
R
SEX/NUDITY
Nude bodies in a coed shower; bare breasts during sex
DRUGS/ALCOHOL
Soldiers get sloshed.
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS
Dozens of bloody, dismembered bodies; limbs are burned and sliced off; a soldier shoots another’s brains out
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES
About 15
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT
The astounding special effects will have teens buzzing.
WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD
With its teen-dream stars and generic ads, this flick is aimed right at the kids who shouldn’t see it.
APPROPRIATE AGES
17 and up