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"RIO"
(2011) (voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway) (G)


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


QUICK TAKE:
Animated Comedy/Adventure: After being designated as the last male of his species, a Blue Macaw travels with his human owner from Minnesota to Rio de Janeiro to meet his new mate, but must contend with human bird smugglers who want to capture and sell both of them.
PLOT:
Blu (voice of JESSE EISENBERG) is a Blue Macaw who's lived most of his life in Minnesota with his human owner, Linda (voice of LESLIE MANN), who discovered him as a child and has raised and befriended him ever since then. They live an ideal if routine existence with her running a small bookstore, but their lives are changed when Tulio (voice of RODRIGO SANTORO) walks in. He's an ornithologist from Rio de Janeiro with news that Blu is the last male of his breed and must come to Rio to meet a female macaw and thus keep the species from becoming extinct.

Linda is reluctant, but eventually agrees, with the two arriving in Rio where they meet his future mate, Jewel (voice of ANNE HATHAWAY), although continuing their species is the last thing on her mind. Instead, she wants to escape and does get out, although not the way she planned. A seemingly sick cockatoo, Nigel (voice of JEMAINE CLEMENT), is really working for bird smuggler Marcel (voice of CARLOS PONCE), and he renders Tulio's assistant, Sylvio (voice of BERNARDO DE PAULA), unconscious, thus allowing orphan boy Fernando (voice of JAKE T. AUSTIN) to nab the two birds at night.

Jewel and Blu manage to escape from Nigel and Marcel's two human assistants, Tipa (voice of JEFFREY GARCIA) and Armando (voice of DAVI VIEIRA), and go on the run. Literally, as Blu never learned how to fly. With the aid of free birds Nico (voice of JAMIE FOXX) and Pedro (voice of WILL.I.AM), as well as toucan father Rafael (voice of GEORGE LOPEZ), the two try to make their way to bulldog Luiz (voice of TRACY MORGAN) who should be able to free them from the chain connecting their feet. Along the way, however, they must contend with Nigel and a pack of marmosets he's forced to help him capture and return the two macaws to the smugglers.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
It's a good bet many will, especially among the pre-teen set.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: G
Apparently for not containing material to warrant a higher rating.


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