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Movie Choices for Kids - Frankenweenie, Pitch Perfect

October 10, 2012 10:52 am
Written by: Jean Joachim

FRANKENWEENIE (Approximate running time is 80 minutes)
Rated PG Animated with the voices of Charlie Trahan, Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara, Winona Rider

Tim Burton is a creative genius. Frankenstein meets Lassie. The movie is animated in tones of black, white and gray, adding the dark, creepy effects Mr. Burton creates. The story is about Victor Frankenstein (Trahan) as a boy whose closest companion is his dog, Sparky. Victor has no friends and two clueless parents. The one person who can reach Victor is his weird-o science teacher. Victor loves science, conducts all sorts of experiments and is excited when the science fair rolls around. In a misguided attempt to broaden his son's connections, Victor's father makes him take up baseball.  Sparky gets run over by a car when chasing a ball and killed. Victor is inconsolable. I was in tears. If your child has lost a pet recently, you might want to skip this movie for now.

Following an explanation of lightning from his teacher, Victor conducts an experiment to bring Sparky back to life. The experiment works – Victor is ecstatic. Trying to keep his experiment underwraps fails. When it gets out to some of the kids in his class, who want to win the science fair trophy, things begin to go haywire. The lightning backfires.  A turtle is turned into a giant monster, a cat crosses with a bat to become another, smaller monster and there are others. This part of the movie is frightening.

There are all sorts of scary characters in this movie. Some are scary simply because they are weird. I loved Frankenweenie, it's one of the most imaginative movies this year. But it's far too scary for kids younger than 9 or 10. Go with your kids, you don't want to miss this one.

PITCH PERFECT (Approximate running time: 90 minutes)
Rated PG-13 Starring Anna Kendrick, Slylar Astin, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson,

Beca (Kenrick) is tuned into the music she's making and tuned out to the rest of the world. Attending college under pressure from her father, she is reluctant to participate in any activities or even try to make new friends. Focusing inward and pushing people away is what Beca does best. In a deal with her father, she joins the Bellas, an a cappella girls singing group.

Beca meets Jesse (Astin) at the campus radio station . While he's attracted to her, she pushes him away. Part of the reason is because he's in the boys' a cappela group, the Troublemakers. The head of the Bellas forces them to stay away from the rival boys' group.

The music, singing and choreography in this movie are outstanding. The competitions are an excuse for many talented young a cappella singers to strut their stuff. I loved every second. The plot is typical but many quirky characters make it fun. There are a ton of laughs, some at very inappropriate sexual innuendoes and bad behavior. There is a reference to marijuana, bad language and a few sexually charged scenes. But it's about college students – what would you expect? Pitch Perfect is a fun romp best for kids 16 and up. You may find yourself dancing in your seat.



FRANKENWEENIE (Approximate running time is 80 minutes)
Rated PG Animated with the voices of Charlie Trahan, Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara, Winona Rider

Tim Burton is a creative genius. Frankenstein meets Lassie. The movie is animated in tones of black, white and gray, adding the dark, creepy effects Mr. Burton creates. The story is about Victor Frankenstein (Trahan) as a boy whose closest companion is his dog, Sparky. Victor has no friends and two clueless parents. The one person who can reach Victor is his weird-o science teacher. Victor loves science, conducts all sorts of experiments and is excited when the science fair rolls around. In a misguided attempt to broaden his son's connections, Victor's father makes him take up baseball.  Sparky gets run over by a car when chasing a ball and killed. Victor is inconsolable. I was in tears. If your child has lost a pet recently, you might want to skip this movie for now.

Following an explanation of lightning from his teacher, Victor conducts an experiment to bring Sparky back to life. The experiment works – Victor is ecstatic. Trying to keep his experiment underwraps fails. When it gets out to some of the kids in his class, who want to win the science fair trophy, things begin to go haywire. The lightning backfires.  A turtle is turned into a giant monster, a cat crosses with a bat to become another, smaller monster and there are others. This part of the movie is frightening.

There are all sorts of scary characters in this movie. Some are scary simply because they are weird. I loved Frankenweenie, it's one of the most imaginative movies this year. But it's far too scary for kids younger than 9 or 10. Go with your kids, you don't want to miss this one.

PITCH PERFECT (Approximate running time: 90 minutes)
Rated PG-13 Starring Anna Kendrick, Slylar Astin, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson,

Beca (Kenrick) is tuned into the music she's making and tuned out to the rest of the world. Attending college under pressure from her father, she is reluctant to participate in any activities or even try to make new friends. Focusing inward and pushing people away is what Beca does best. In a deal with her father, she joins the Bellas, an a cappella girls singing group.

Beca meets Jesse (Astin) at the campus radio station . While he's attracted to her, she pushes him away. Part of the reason is because he's in the boys' a cappela group, the Troublemakers. The head of the Bellas forces them to stay away from the rival boys' group.

The music, singing and choreography in this movie are outstanding. The competitions are an excuse for many talented young a cappella singers to strut their stuff. I loved every second. The plot is typical but many quirky characters make it fun. There are a ton of laughs, some at very inappropriate sexual innuendoes and bad behavior. There is a reference to marijuana, bad language and a few sexually charged scenes. But it's about college students – what would you expect? Pitch Perfect is a fun romp best for kids 16 and up. You may find yourself dancing in your seat.


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