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Parental Guidance: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

We give you what you need to know about the family-friendliness of this week's new releases.

by | January 24, 2013 | Comments


This week in theaters, we’ve got a big screen fairy tale adaptation about a pair of vigilante witch killers. Now, we all know that much of the Grimm brothers’ bibliography is filled with violent tales, but is Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters safe for the whole family? Read on to find out.

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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters


What’s it about? Years after escaping from the gingerbread house, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) are a sibling vigilante squad, ridding the German countryside of witches with the same relish displayed by Charles Bronson in Death Wish.

Who’s it for? It’s rated R “for strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality/nudity and language.” Don’t be fooled by the fairy tale title — we’re pretty far from Mother Goose territory here.

Is it any good? We’d love to tell you more about this one, but it doesn’t screen for critics until later in the week, which is never a good sign.