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"PUSS IN BOOTS"
(2011) (voices of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek) (PG)


Alcohol/Drugs Mild
Blood/Gross Stuff Minor
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Heavy
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) Heavy
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity None
Sex/Nudity Mild
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Mild
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Action/Adventure: A feline swashbuckler reunites with his former but now estranged friend, and joins another cat in hopes of stealing Jack's magic beans and using the resultant beanstalk to retrieve the golden egg-laying goose.
PLOT:
Puss in Boots (voice of ANTONIO BANDERAS) is a diminutive feline swashbuckler with a big attitude who travels the countryside alone. He has two quests, one of which is to get his paws on the magic beans owned by the married outlaws Jack (voice of BILLY BOB THORNTON) and Jill (voice of AMY SEDARIS). Legend has it that those beans, when buried at the right spot, will grown into a gigantic beanstalk leading up to the heavens where a kingdom exists, complete with a goose that lays golden eggs.

His other desire is to clear his name with the people of the town of San Ricardo where he grew up in an orphanage run by the kind and caring Imelda (voice of CONSTANCE MARIE). It's there that he met fellow orphan Humpty Dumpty (ZACH GALIFIANAKIS), a true egg-head with a knack for inventing things and the criminal desire -- that Puss later adopted as well -- for those magic beans. But after Puss became a local hero and gave up his criminal ways, Humpty continued to be bad, including dragging an unaware Puss into a bank robbery. As a result, he's been a wanted outcast ever since.

Learning that Jack and Jill are nearby, Puss plots his snatching of those magic beans, but must contend with a masked feline who's after the same thing. She turns out to be Kitty Softpaws (voice of SALMA HAYEK), and their initially antagonistic introduction leads to Puss' reunion with Humpty. From that point on, the three make an unlikely team with the goal of getting those beans, ascending the beanstalk and getting the goose and its golden eggs. But they must contend with the repercussions of that, as well as unexpected developments along the way.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
It's a good bet many will, especially if they're fans of the character from the "Shrek" films and/or if they adore cats in general.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For some adventure action and mild rude humor.


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