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Movie Choices for Kids - Trouble with the Curve, Finding Nemo

September 25, 2012 1:00 pm
Written by: Jean Joachim

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE (Approx. running time: approx. 1hour 51 minutes)
Rated PG-13 Starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake

With the buzz about this being strictly a baseball movie, I was surprised to find baseball was only the catalyst to launch a story about a man widowed early in his life, his total devotion to his job and the daughter he never understood.

Gus (Eastwood) is an aging baseball scout. Unfortunately for him, what's going first is his eyesight. Being unable to see will surely end his career as a scout and since he has nothing else in his life, he's hanging onto his work with everything he's got. His daughter, Mickey (Adams) an up-and-coming lawyer, continues to try to reach Gus through conversation but fails. A mutual friend convinces her to take a few days away from a big case to go with her dad on an important scouting trip.

Gus doesn't want Mickey putting her life on hold to babysit him. He's cantankerous, blunt and just plain grumpy. Mickey keeps trying to find a chink in his armor, a way to reach his heart but the task seems impossible.

The movie zeroes in on a cocky young player looking for a big league contract being scouted by Gus. There is conflict within Gus' team on this particular player. Although few have faith in Gus, he comes through in the end. Mickey, after throwing away what she has worked hard for, finally reaches Gus who lets her into his world.

This is a marvelous movie, very well written and acted. There are many funny lines but is mostly for adults. There is some violence, a hint of child sexual abuse and some seriously bad language. There are no overtly sexual scenes but one implied sexy scene. Trouble with the Curve is an excellent movie to see with your 'tween or teen, 12 and older. The themes in the movie might provoke some interesting discussions.

FINDING NEMO (Approximate running time: 1 hour 40 minutes)
Rated G   Animated with the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres,  Brad Garrett, Willem DaFoe

Although this movie is rated "G", it is not for young children. As with most Pixar movies, they are not for kids under 9 or 10 years old. This is no exception. Little Nemo's mother gets eaten by a bigger fish in the first scene. The premise of the young fish getting lost, ending up in a fish bowl, while his father searches for him might be disturbing to younger children.

The giant whale appearing slowly in the background then growing bigger and bigger as it gets nearer and nearer may scare young children. Also, a huge shark with giant teeth in 3-D is daunting, especially for little ones.

Don't get me wrong, I loved Finding Nemo. It's a visually stunning movie with plenty of humor and terrific music. But I don't believe it's best for children under 8 or 9. As for toddlers, they are altogether too young to go to the movies and this one is too long for very young children to sit through, even if they don't get scared.

If you haven't seen this one, don't miss it. It's a fantastic movie to see with your kids eight and up.



TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE (Approx. running time: approx. 1hour 51 minutes)
Rated PG-13 Starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake

With the buzz about this being strictly a baseball movie, I was surprised to find baseball was only the catalyst to launch a story about a man widowed early in his life, his total devotion to his job and the daughter he never understood.

Gus (Eastwood) is an aging baseball scout. Unfortunately for him, what's going first is his eyesight. Being unable to see will surely end his career as a scout and since he has nothing else in his life, he's hanging onto his work with everything he's got. His daughter, Mickey (Adams) an up-and-coming lawyer, continues to try to reach Gus through conversation but fails. A mutual friend convinces her to take a few days away from a big case to go with her dad on an important scouting trip.

Gus doesn't want Mickey putting her life on hold to babysit him. He's cantankerous, blunt and just plain grumpy. Mickey keeps trying to find a chink in his armor, a way to reach his heart but the task seems impossible.

The movie zeroes in on a cocky young player looking for a big league contract being scouted by Gus. There is conflict within Gus' team on this particular player. Although few have faith in Gus, he comes through in the end. Mickey, after throwing away what she has worked hard for, finally reaches Gus who lets her into his world.

This is a marvelous movie, very well written and acted. There are many funny lines but is mostly for adults. There is some violence, a hint of child sexual abuse and some seriously bad language. There are no overtly sexual scenes but one implied sexy scene. Trouble with the Curve is an excellent movie to see with your 'tween or teen, 12 and older. The themes in the movie might provoke some interesting discussions.

FINDING NEMO (Approximate running time: 1 hour 40 minutes)
Rated G   Animated with the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres,  Brad Garrett, Willem DaFoe

Although this movie is rated "G", it is not for young children. As with most Pixar movies, they are not for kids under 9 or 10 years old. This is no exception. Little Nemo's mother gets eaten by a bigger fish in the first scene. The premise of the young fish getting lost, ending up in a fish bowl, while his father searches for him might be disturbing to younger children.

The giant whale appearing slowly in the background then growing bigger and bigger as it gets nearer and nearer may scare young children. Also, a huge shark with giant teeth in 3-D is daunting, especially for little ones.

Don't get me wrong, I loved Finding Nemo. It's a visually stunning movie with plenty of humor and terrific music. But I don't believe it's best for children under 8 or 9. As for toddlers, they are altogether too young to go to the movies and this one is too long for very young children to sit through, even if they don't get scared.

If you haven't seen this one, don't miss it. It's a fantastic movie to see with your kids eight and up.


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