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(2013) (Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor) (PG-13)

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

Fantasy: A young farmer named Jack inadvertently reignites an ages-old war between humans and the giants of lore when he opens a portal between the two worlds.
In a fabled kingdom of long ago, Jack (NICHOLAS HOULT) is a young and struggling farmer who has a chance encounter with Princess Isabelle (ELEANOR TOMLINSON). Jack has recently come into possession of some magic beans that he doesn't quite believe in, until one falls through the cracks of his humble farmhouse, is rained upon, and sprouts an enormous beanstalk that stretches into the clouds.

Eager for adventure, Isabelle is carried up with the stalk and soon becomes the prisoner of a fabled race of human-eating giants led by General Fallon (a digital creation voiced by BILL NIGHY). At the order of Isabelle's father, King Brahmwell (IAN McSHANE), Jack must accompany a rescue party that consists of several soldiers; Isabelle's fiancée, Roderick (STANLEY TUCCI); the King's best warrior, Elmont (EWAN McGREGOR); and their assistants Wicke (EWEN BREMNER) and Crawe (EDDIE MARSAN).

Once up in the giants' kingdom in the clouds, though, Roderick reveals himself to be an evil schemer who uses a fabled crown to control the giants and bend them to his will. His plan is to rule over the two kingdoms and lay claim to all the riches in both. The heroic Jack, though, has fallen in love with Isabelle and will stop at nothing to free her and save the day.

Yes, the film is getting heavy ad play on Nickelodeon and other kid-friendly channels. Young males will especially enjoy the action and special effects, but it's too intense and scary for small children.
For intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief language.

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