Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance: Rise of the Guardians, Life of Pi, and Red Dawn

Our new weekly column takes a look at the best bets for family movie night.

by | November 20, 2012 | Comments

 

Since Thanksgiving is a time for family gatherings, it follows that there are plenty of choices in the multiplex this weekend. For the little kids, there’s Rise of the Guardians, featuring Santa and the Tooth Fairy. For older teens, there’s the visually sweeping Life of Pi. For brothers and cousins who want an action fix, there’s Red Dawn. And for home viewing, there’s a sparkling new Blu-ray of one of the greatest Anime films ever. Without further ado, check out the best bets for family viewing this week!

In Theaters This Week:



Rise of the Guardians

74%

What’s it about? In this animated feature from DreamWorks, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Jack Frost, and other folkloric types team up to battle a nightmare-purveying baddie named Pitch.

Who’s it for? Rise of the Guardians is rated PG “for thematic elements and some mildly scary action.” Kindergarteners and above will probably be able to handle it, though the film does demystify its protagonists, which might be troubling to more sensitive children.

Is it any good? Critics say the little ones will probably like it just fine, and that their guardians will probably be mildly amused as well. It’s got some solid gags and terrific visuals.



Life of Pi

87%

What’s it about? A guy survives a shipwreck only to end up in a lifeboat with a tiger.

Who’s it for? It’s rated PG “for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril.” It will almost certainly bore little kids, but it should be fine for eighth graders up.

Is it any good? Critics say Life of Pi is visually masterful and philosophically intriguing; it’s the type of thing that could entrance thoughtful teenagers.



Red Dawn

13%

What’s it about? Foreign troops invade a small town in the Pacific Northwest. A group of photogenic teens fight back.

Who’s it for? It’s rated PG-13 “for sequences of intense war violence and action, and for language.” In any incarnation, Red Dawn is every teenage boy’s dream come true, and will probably delight less than discerning middle schoolers.

Is it any good? If you’re looking for an evening of father-son bonding over a cheesy action movie, you’re probably better off renting the original.

New On DVD:



Grave of the Fireflies

97%

What’s it about? In the waning days of World War II, a brother and sister attempt to survive on their own amidst the barren landscape of war-torn Japan.

Who’s it for? Grave of the Fireflies is unrated, but with its scenes of starvation, death, and destruction, it’s not appropriate for children. It’s probably ok for young teenagers and up.

Is it any good? Grave of the Fireflies is a monumental work of animation and an anti-war masterpiece. It’s profoundly sad, touching, and beautiful. You should probably watch it, but beware: it’s a bona fide tearjerker.

Tag Cloud

Superheroes Universal Pirates serial killer Ellie Kemper Best and Worst justice league PaleyFest Fox News psycho First Look Election Starz OWN social media Toys Food Network Sundance DC Universe ABC Box Office ABC Family Crackle TCM Red Carpet Lifetime 21st Century Fox dc Horror comiccon Fantasy Mary Tyler Moore zombie Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 45 Esquire YA FXX CMT Emmys A&E diversity Marathons crime Winners Rock TNT transformers adventure discovery NYCC travel American Society of Cinematographers RT History Watching Series Action NBC Photos Biopics Masterpiece TruTV Valentine's Day Kids & Family The Arrangement dramedy Tomatazos WGN Pop dceu DC Comics Thanksgiving CNN Hulu VICE GoT thriller cinemax composers period drama Rom-Com Amazon DirecTV Western Interview biography Cartoon Network Musicals Disney Channel Star Wars political drama MTV binge what to watch Music BBC America Marvel cops TLC Comedy Central technology TIFF Country Writers Guild of America FOX romance Sci-Fi History Freeform TCA Sneak Peek sitcom Logo President boxoffice TV Land Awards Schedule Polls and Games El Rey Opinion Character Guide Drama harry potter Disney Nat Geo SundanceTV Infographic ITV singing competition AMC Syfy crime drama Reality Lionsgate Tumblr 2016 2017 APB medical drama Video Games PBS docudrama Reality Competition Teen Martial Arts Certified Fresh Animation LGBTQ Oscars 2015 Grammys Cosplay GIFs Comedy CBS The CW Super Bowl 24 frames E! Comic Book Premiere Dates MSNBC Trailer TV sports science fiction Set visit Adult Swim Rocky BET Netflix Holidays GLAAD Extras historical drama Paramount Trivia Mystery Musical Summer TBS cats Bravo Showtime USA Mindy Kaling politics ESPN vampires SDCC Nominations Year in Review VH1 Ghostbusters FX 007 CBS All Access Star Trek IFC aliens Calendar Nickelodeon TCA 2017 war cooking E3 crime thriller Countdown Spring TV talk show Dark Horse Comics Winter TV BBC Warner Bros. supernatural based on movie Podcast Fall TV police drama X-Men HBO