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"MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE'S MOST WANTED"
(2012) (voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock) (PG)


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


QUICK TAKE:
Computer-Animated Comedy: Four exotic animals join a traveling circus in hopes of returning to their home zoo in New York City.
PLOT:
Alex the lion (voice of BEN STILLER), Marty the Zebra (voice of CHRIS ROCK), Melman the giraffe (voice of DAVID SCHWIMMER) and Gloria the hippo (voice of JADA PINKETT SMITH) long to return to their NEW YORK CITY zoo home. But their lemur companions -- King Julien XIII (voice of SACHA BARON COHEN), Maurice (voice of CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER) and Mort (voice of ANDY RICHTER) -- along with a bunch of apes have traveled to Monte Carlo to gamble away their riches, stranding the four friends in Africa.

As a result, the zoo animals head for Monte Carlo to round up their companions and fly back to the Big Apple in their chimp-powered plane. But things go amiss and they barely escape from Captain Chantel DuBois (voice of FRANCES McDORMAND). She's a steely and determined animal control officer with a literal nose for smelling out critters, and she'd like to add Alex's head to her wall of other mounted species.

To get away, the zoo animals beg to be allowed onboard a circus train carrying a traveling act, and lie that they're from a similar American circus. Grumpy Russian tiger Vitaly (voice of BRYAN CRANSTON) wants nothing to do with them, but Gia the jaguar (voice of JESSICA CHASTAIN) and Italian sea lion Stefano (voice of MARTIN SHORT) overrule him.

With that circus act wanting to impress American promoters and thus be hired to perform in New York City, the zoo animals think it's a perfect way for them to get back home. But they must not only contend with the fact that the traveling act is a mere shadow of its once more professional and acclaimed status, but also the fact that Captain DuBois will not give up her quest to find and capture them.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of the either of the first two films in this series, that's a definite yes.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For some mild action and rude humor.


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