Parental Guidance: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Rise of the Guardians, and Life of Pi

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

This week in family films, we've got feuding magicians (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone), an all-star lineup of fantastical heroes (Rise of the Guardians), and an Oscar winner about a guy in a boat with a tiger (Life of Pi). Read on to find out what's appropriate for family viewing.

In Theaters This Week:

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

36%

What's it about? Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi star as outlandish Vegas stage magicians whose popularity is threatened by big egos, personal animosity, and the rise of a hip street magician (Jim Carrey).

Who's it for? It's rated PG-13 for "sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language." The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a little raunchy in spots, though its violence is mostly slapsticky; 13-year-olds should be fine.

Is it any good? Critics say The Incredible Burt Wonderstone serves up some goofy laughs, but for such an outrageous conceit, it's surprisingly safe and predictable.

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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.

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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.

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Comments

Isaac T.

Isaac Tetreault

Life of Pi 8th grade and up? I'm in 6th grade and I was CERTENLY entertained.

Mar 13 - 06:08 PM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

I know right! I think they need to change that to 5th grade and up.

Mar 13 - 06:59 PM

Pietro Maximoff

Pietro Maximoff

Well seeing as how you misspelled CERTAINLY, I'll take your word on being in the sixth grade.

Mar 13 - 07:52 PM

Andrew Todd

Andrew Todd

Dick

Mar 15 - 03:29 PM

makayla r.

makayla ryan

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Mar 18 - 04:19 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I think they are just making sure to keep kids who parents feel are at an indoctrinated age away from the movie. A kid under certain house holds saying Vishnu and Jesus are Friends! Might offend the parents of said children.

Now that I'm done playing Devil's advocate, the visual style and beauty of this film can be enjoyed by all ages.

Mar 14 - 10:58 AM

James Pasier

James Pasier

i so agree loved it !!1

Mar 14 - 03:15 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Life of Pi will have different meanings for people of different ages. But I think that its a good movie for everyone.

Mar 14 - 09:42 PM

Sandy Jones

Sandy Jones

like Pauline replied I am in shock that a mother can make $7916 in 4 weeks on the computer. did you read this website... www.snag4.com

Mar 16 - 01:41 PM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

I know right! I think they need to change that to 5th grade and up.

Mar 13 - 06:59 PM

Pietro Maximoff

Pietro Maximoff

Well seeing as how you misspelled CERTAINLY, I'll take your word on being in the sixth grade.

Mar 13 - 07:52 PM

Andrew Todd

Andrew Todd

Dick

Mar 15 - 03:29 PM

makayla r.

makayla ryan

If you think Mike`s story is shocking..., 1 week ago my girlfriends brother also got paid $7059 putting in fifteen hours a week from there house and their co-worker's aunt`s neighbour did this for seven months and got a cheque for more than $7059 part time at there pc. use the information at this site...http://cutt.us/hMDA

Mar 18 - 04:19 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I think they are just making sure to keep kids who parents feel are at an indoctrinated age away from the movie. A kid under certain house holds saying Vishnu and Jesus are Friends! Might offend the parents of said children.

Now that I'm done playing Devil's advocate, the visual style and beauty of this film can be enjoyed by all ages.

Mar 14 - 10:58 AM

Joe Mckeever

Joe Mckeever

My brother who's in 3rd Grade saw it and loved it.

Mar 14 - 01:02 PM

E Russel Niedermayer

E Russel Niedermayer

I'm a fetus, and found it quite entertaining.

Mar 14 - 01:37 PM

Velveeta

greg smith

My brother's a 4th grade math teacher and he told me Pi just kept going on and on and and on and on...

Mar 15 - 02:59 AM

Shake Zula

Shake Zula

+1

Mar 15 - 11:55 AM

E Russel Niedermayer

E Russel Niedermayer

I'm a fetus, and found it quite entertaining.

Mar 14 - 01:37 PM

Velveeta

greg smith

My brother's a 4th grade math teacher and he told me Pi just kept going on and on and and on and on...

Mar 15 - 02:59 AM

Shake Zula

Shake Zula

+1

Mar 15 - 11:55 AM

James Pasier

James Pasier

i so agree loved it !!1

Mar 14 - 03:15 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Life of Pi will have different meanings for people of different ages. But I think that its a good movie for everyone.

Mar 14 - 09:42 PM

Velveeta

greg smith

My brother's a 4th grade math teacher and he told me Pi just kept going on and on and and on and on...

Mar 15 - 02:59 AM

Jack Bayliss

Jack Bayliss

Poppy Hill is the new Sugar Hill.

Mar 15 - 11:36 AM

Shake Zula

Shake Zula

+1

Mar 15 - 11:55 AM

Andrew Todd

Andrew Todd

Dick

Mar 15 - 03:29 PM

Sandy Jones

Sandy Jones

like Pauline replied I am in shock that a mother can make $7916 in 4 weeks on the computer. did you read this website... www.snag4.com

Mar 16 - 01:41 PM

makayla r.

makayla ryan

If you think Mike`s story is shocking..., 1 week ago my girlfriends brother also got paid $7059 putting in fifteen hours a week from there house and their co-worker's aunt`s neighbour did this for seven months and got a cheque for more than $7059 part time at there pc. use the information at this site...http://cutt.us/hMDA

Mar 18 - 04:19 PM

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