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

75%

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

86%

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

15%

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

100%

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

RT21 Mary Poppins Returns kaiju Drama science fiction pirates of the caribbean dc Family Paramount ViacomCBS Apple TV Plus Fox News Animation Cannes batman sequel Opinion APB reboot anthology Sundance TV Biopics Martial Arts comic book movies rt labs TV renewals Music art house Tomatazos comiccon scene in color witnail singing competition BET Awards finale vampires cults hispanic Toys Calendar Action Spring TV DC Universe Best and Worst Avengers HBO Go mob Heroines rom-coms Photos Sneak Peek james bond dogs First Look kids black TruTV 2020 Black History Month Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt E! fast and furious DC streaming service cooking 2018 El Rey Disney Plus 2019 San Diego Comic-Con stand-up comedy king kong Song of Ice and Fire MCU dexter Shudder The Arrangement crossover sports Podcast hist Mindy Kaling 2015 Video Games Mystery critics Shondaland Pirates saw cancelled DC Comics Captain marvel suspense DirecTV elevated horror TCM Ghostbusters LGBT Rocky robots Cosplay Pop TV spider-verse ABC Signature Ovation classics Instagram Live dreamworks GLAAD war Election Fall TV sopranos Tags: Comedy vs. National Geographic golden globe awards remakes Britbox Turner series dceu Extras Trophy Talk lord of the rings technology IFC Films Emmy Nominations feel good chucky 90s Kids & Family SDCC anime free movies Prime Video spanish language adenture Exclusive Video Disney Awards Tour award winner Endgame BAFTA discovery VICE canceled CNN spinoff die hard Universal Pictures Paramount Plus Disney streaming service The Walking Dead razzies name the review telelvision Musical basketball 21st Century Fox Crunchyroll Pixar Peacock child's play godzilla cancelled TV series Acorn TV Baby Yoda Comic Book Stephen King CW Seed thriller 71st Emmy Awards italian YouTube Premium genre crime australia 4/20 laika french Nickelodeon Rock Starz documentary supernatural Star Trek rotten movies we love boxing psycho Amazon Prime Masterpiece cops 1990s 2016 MTV adventure Horror Binge Guide AMC Comedy FX franchise Reality natural history Turner Classic Movies Lionsgate zombies Star Wars toronto a nightmare on elm street boxoffice diversity aapi CMT Spike documentaries renewed TV shows CBS screenings zombie olympics golden globes Bravo Infographic Image Comics gangster Sundance cats TV movies Superheroe theme song 72 Emmy Awards sag awards Sundance Now political drama marvel comics Broadway spider-man A&E children's TV leaderboard teaser asian-american slashers Comedy Central TCA 2017 rt labs critics edition Hallmark true crime Brie Larson popular spy thriller Certified Fresh emmy awards spain latino Polls and Games concert Netflix Christmas movies Hulu Sony Pictures Fargo Chernobyl social media marvel cinematic universe Paramount Network foreign period drama trailers Walt Disney Pictures sitcom romance adaptation GoT GIFs streaming travel Fox Searchlight Tumblr See It Skip It Wes Anderson 20th Century Fox rotten Hear Us Out SXSW Television Critics Association canceled TV shows directors Winter TV justice league YA Thanksgiving Pop Tarantino comedies book adaptation Dark Horse Comics criterion TNT mission: impossible video ID Classic Film hollywood 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards know your critic jamie lee curtis TV Land Cartoon Network unscripted Premiere Dates Comic-Con@Home 2021 Pacific Islander FOX Red Carpet HBO Max wonder woman TIFF what to watch Trailer mutant scary transformers Marvel Television 007 jurassic park Logo comic book movie fresh comic halloween tv casting spanish worst blockbuster Nominations Netflix doctor who dark USA monster movies mockumentary Discovery Channel NBA TCA Winners green book new york MSNBC The Purge Rocketman Anna Paquin BBC America Columbia Pictures Apple television reviews TCA Awards SundanceTV Women's History Month aliens Holiday kong docudrama game show scary movies animated Vudu Writers Guild of America miniseries dramedy harry potter posters 99% superman Food Network Watching Series Marvel Studios Pet Sematary superhero X-Men tv talk target AMC Plus south america YouTube Red USA Network Esquire Sci-Fi Funimation Adult Swim Western space Hallmark Christmas movies revenge cancelled television twilight hidden camera biopic Nat Geo Creative Arts Emmys Year in Review football versus japanese cartoon festivals E3 YouTube Crackle PBS japan HFPA Quiz Neflix royal family HBO Musicals quibi Syfy Pride Month Disney+ Disney Plus Christmas TCA Winter 2020 heist movie Mudbound ghosts Warner Bros. Superheroes NYCC indie book serial killer LGBTQ sequels Teen video on demand new zealand indiana jones Lifetime nature archives films Hollywood Foreign Press Association BBC One 73rd Emmy Awards TBS TV movies streaming movies young adult zero dark thirty Lifetime Christmas movies romantic comedy Valentine's Day universal monsters 2017 critic resources psychological thriller CBS All Access slasher Trivia king arthur breaking bad Spectrum Originals 79th Golden Globes Awards ABC Family composers venice ratings Freeform New York Comic Con game of thrones PaleyFest The Witch Super Bowl ESPN Schedule Showtime Lucasfilm Character Guide joker docuseries satire crime thriller Amazon Studios Interview OWN PlayStation Amazon Prime Video dragons Travel Channel TLC BET cars independent NBC Film Festival Summer 93rd Oscars Alien cancelled TV shows parents Legendary deadpool Universal mcc all-time hispanic heritage month Disney Channel Elton John OneApp Holidays Mary poppins The Walt Disney Company FX on Hulu Set visit Marvel blaxploitation historical drama news President Rom-Com toy story BBC black comedy movie Black Mirror facebook legend debate comic books Countdown worst movies The CW halloween Country new star wars movies based on movie talk show comics IFC DGA Mary Tyler Moore Oscars international TV One Awards stoner live event WarnerMedia Epix scorecard Grammys American Society of Cinematographers Tokyo Olympics festival Marathons Fantasy cinemax Television Academy rt archives FXX screen actors guild crime drama 45 History Academy Awards Tubi IMDb TV medical drama Comics on TV 2021 action-comedy politics RT History Amazon 24 frames Film The Academy A24 Reality Competition Chilling Adventures of Sabrina police drama binge disaster ABC prank christmas movies Emmys richard e. Grant WGN VH1 trophy blockbusters werewolf Box Office high school women nbcuniversal biography Apple TV+ obituary First Reviews Arrowverse ITV strong female leads VOD Ellie Kemper nfl best stop motion live action