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"THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY"
(2012) (Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen) (PG-13)


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


QUICK TAKE:
Fantasy/Action-Adventure: A wise wizard recruits a hobbit to join thirteen dwarves as they set off to reclaim their former kingdom from a fierce dragon that displaced them years earlier.
PLOT:
In a world known as Middle Earth, Bilbo Baggins (MARTIN FREEMAN) is a hobbit who lives by himself in the Shire, content enough in his simple life. All of that changes when the wise wizard Gandalf the Grey (IAN McKELLEN) arrives with news that he'd like Bilbo to join him on a grand journey. The hobbit isn't interested and must then contend with dwarves Dwalin (GRAHAM McTAVISH) and Balin (KEN STOTT) arriving and making themselves at home in his place. They're soon joined by eleven other dwarves, including their leader, Thorin Oakenshield (RICHARD ARMITAGE).

It seems that years earlier, Thorin was the grandson to the king of Erebor, a kingdom of various riches, particularly mined gold. But a fierce dragon known as Smaug attacked, laid waste to the place, and killed those who didn't manage to escape with only their lives. Now, Thorin wants to return to the Lonely Mountain and reclaim his rightful kingdom. The only problem is that it's locked up tight and they need a burglar who can break into the place, a role that Gandalf thinks suits Bilbo, even as he protests that he's never burgled anything or anyone in his life.

Nevertheless, and despite initially turning down their offer, he changes his mind and joins them on their quest. In doing so, he must endure various challenges and dangers, including his run-in with a deranged being known as Gollum (ANDY SERKIS), while all of them must contend with hungry trolls and repeated run-ins with the dwarves' archenemies, the warrior-like orcs and their wolf-like wargs.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of the "Lord of the Rings" movies, the original Tolkien literary work or fantasy type movies, they probably will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.


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