Movie guide for puzzled parents (1974)

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McCall’s movie guide for puzzled parents

Monthly listings to help you answer the question: “But is it really all right for the kids?”

by Lynn Minton

Parents ought to have some way of knowing what is in a film before agreeing to let a child see it. Since regular reviews often do not provide the kind of information we need, McCall’s will present each month a movie guide with this specific purpose.

Because family values differ and children mature at differing rates, we will tell you what is in the movie so you can judge for yourself whether or not it would be right for your child.


Woody Allen’s zany combination of marvelously funny slapstick that even very young children can appreciate and laugh at, plus sophisticated “in” humor that requires more savvy going in, makes it hard to know at what age level to peg his new — and very, very funny — film about a man who was frozen (in tinfoil) in 1973 and brought back to life 200 years later during a period of scientific advance and political oppression. Let’s say 11 or 12 and up. Get Sleeper at Amazon

The Exorcist

Young people will be particularly curious about this unique and strong movie because it concerns a 12-year-old girl — bright, gay and friendly — who seems to become possessed by the devil and is transformed into a hideous, tortured, obscene creature who must be kept strapped to her bed to keep her from harming herself or anyone else.

Although the movie is brilliant, it is frighteningly intense, with sexual overtones, and I would definitely not recommend it for any but the most mature adolescents. Get The Exorcist at Amazon

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The Seven Ups

If you don’t ask embarrassing questions, like “Where were the police during that wild car chase through New York City streets?” and you are grateful for a cops-and-crooks flick where no women are knocked around and there are only three corpses, you might enjoy this story about the tracking of a hood who extorts money from the mob, throws the blame on the police – and comes up with gems like “But I did it for Rose, the kids and the pills.” For 12 and up. Get The Seven Ups at Amazon

The Sting

Two grifters of the ’30s out to fleece a mark out of 500 G-notes, set up a Big Store and get ready for the Sting. The lingo of the confidence game and some fast and fancy footwork left me a thought or three behind the action several times as two charming crooks create an elaborate scheme to separate a mean, nasty crook from his money in revenge for the murder of a friend.

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Probably too bewildering for younger children and slow adults, but may delight 11- or 12-year-olds and over. Get The Sting at Amazon

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