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ParaNorman

Movies | Don't let the PG rating and stop-motion animation fool you. This is not a kid's movie

Issue: "Syria's pain," Sept. 8, 2012

Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a boy who communicates with the dead. He sees them as spirits lurking around the witch-cursed town where his family lives. Norman discovers that he's the only one who can save the town from a girl once executed there for witchcraft, and in the process the community will learn to appreciate as a gift the ability that has made him a "freak" to his family and classmates.

Some adult fans of the curious sub-genre of spooky animated movies might enjoy the movie's sly puns and visual jokes, but its vivid images are a problem particularly for children. The movie is rated PG "for scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language," but if it were a live action film it would deserve a PG-13 for scary imagery alone. The climactic battle between the witch and Norman is particularly intense. The film also contains references to pornography.

PG means "parental guidance." Guide your kids away from ParaNorman.

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