Best List Of The Top 50 Classic Nonviolent
This Best List Of The Top 50
Classic Nonviolent Family Movies
was inspired by a recent
which illustrated that war is not inevitable.
Different legions of monkeys sometimes had "wars" and sometimes
did not depending on how much food was available and so
on. It was mentioned that in the 1980's a survey of
college students suggested that 30% of them thought that war was
inevitable. Today that same survey was repeated and 90% of the
people surveyed thought that war was inevitable. It is the
overwhelming predominance of violence in the media, particularly
in violent movies, that has contributed to this attitude. To
undo this attitude is simple, but will probably take a long
time: Promote the viewing of non-violent movies over the viewing
of violent movies. The market is ripe for such a move as a
survey of people in San Jose, CA reveals that 1/2 of
the people surveyed want to watch non-violent movies while the
other half simply don't care one way or the other. Only a couple
of people out of 30 people surveyed specifically wanted to watch
violent movies or horror movies.
The problem with the market for movies is that few if any movie
reviews give the consumer a clue as to how much violence is in a
does an OK job with some of the more common
movies, but misses many good titles, even recent ones, and often
doesn't do a consistent job on reporting exactly how much
violence is in each movie. And it often rates movies as "on" for
young kids that Peacemovies.com rates as being too violent or
iffy. Peacemovies.com aims to change all that, with much
more consistent reporting of the violence content in every movie
Below is the Best List Of The Top 50 Classic Nonviolent
. The standard used for inclusion in
the Best List Of The Top 50 Classic Nonviolent Family Movies
is that each 2 hour movie has to have less than 10 violent
scenes in it and few deaths, if any, to be included in the list
of preferred movies below. So browse the 50 titles and
reviews below and enjoy! Maybe you will discover something
interesting and worthwhile to watch. Thanks.
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List Of The Top 50 Classic Nonviolent Family Movies
84 Charing Cross Road -- Romance 99 minutes,
rated PG 1986
Set in 1949 New York and London, Helene Haniff (Anne Bancroft)
is planning a trip to London to check out some books and visit
bookshop owner Frank Doel (Anthony Hopkins). Helene is
displeased with the lack of availability of old British books in
the US. Various mishaps along the way delay her arrival in
London and she ends up mail ordering the books she needs from
Frank. This is mostly a story about a woman visiting
bookstores and the library, with some interesting narration, but
they do manage to squeeze in a moment of potential violence when
Helene witnesses a sit in protest at Columbia
University. 2-1/2 stars. Click here
reviews of 84 Charing Road on Amazon.com.
Alice – Woody Allen 1990 PG-13 Romance
Mia Farrow who plays Alice in the movie won the 1990 National
Board of Review Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of
Alice. Woody Allen can’t play a woman so Alice Tate (Mia Farrow)
subs for him in this movie. Alice has all the whiny
characteristics that Allen would have playing a male character.
In this case, Alice is having marital problems, but thinks that
she needs acupuncture to cure what is ailing her. She soon finds
out that her heart and not her body are in the wrong place. Zero
violence, not even references to violence. Five stars.
reviews of Alice on Amazon.com.
Amelie From Montmartre 2001 R 122
minutes French with English subtitles
Set in 1997 France, the movie stars Audrey Tautou as Amelie, a
shy recluse woman who finds an old toy box and decides to return
it to its original owner. After that is accomplished, the
story takes some further amusing twists and turns as Amelie
decides to befriend others in a similar way. There are six
scenes of violence, only two of which are central to the plot
(four scenes are imaginary about what could have
happened). Four stars. Click here
reviews of Amelie From Montmartre on Amazon.com
Arthur 1981 PG 97 minutes
Arthur Bach (Dudley Moore) is a lonely millionaire playboy who
is being forced to marry a woman named Susan Johnson (Jill
Eikenberry) who he doesn’t love. If he doesn’t marry Susan, he
will have his $750 million dollar trust fund cut off and be left
penniless. Arthur meets the love of his life Linda Marolla (Liza
Minnelli) and wants to marry her instead and the fun and
conflicts ensue. Surprisingly, there are 7 acts of violence or
threats of violence or references to violence in this otherwise
melodramatic movie. That gives this movie almost the same rating
as the Rocky Horror Picture show, though of course in this movie
nobody dies. Four stars. Click
reviews of Arthur on Amazon.com.
Arthur 2: On The Rocks 1988 PG 113
The daffy and irrepressible drunk Arthur Bach (Dudley Moore)
returns in this loving sequel to the original hit Arthur. In
this sequel, Arthur is forced to sober up and look for a job,
after his family enters into a business partnership that results
in Arthur’s $750 million trust fund being taken away from him.
In order to get the money back, Arthur must divorce his current
wife Linda (Liza Minnelli) and marry Susan (Jill Eikenberry, the
woman he dumped at the altar in the last movie). There are
only mild physical altercations in this movie, 3 in all.
Four stars. Click here
reviews of Arthur 2 on Amazon.com.
Awakenings -- Drama PG13, 1990, 120
Based on a true story: Dr Malcom Sayer (Robin Williams)
attempts to cure some comatose mental patients who have been
mental vegetables for the past 20-30 years using a new
drug. Initially the patients experience a dramatic
improvement. This movie is an almost totally non-violent
examination of psychiatry’s reliance on drugs to solve all of
the patients problems. Robin Williams gives a superb
performance as Dr Sayer, a very compassionate human being.
Five stars. Click here
reviews of Awakenings on Amazon.com.
Baby Boom 1987 PG 110 Minutes
JC Wiatt (Diane Keaton) is a high powered female executive with
a food distribution and marketing firm who is living with her
boyfriend Steven Buchner (Harold Ramis). Her life is
turned upside down when she unexpectedly inherits a baby girl.
Thrust into the role of mother unexpectedly, she initially tries
to put the baby up for adoption, but soon becomes attached to
the baby and decides not to compromise the care of her baby for
the sake of her job. There are no violent scenes or threats of
violence in this movie. Three stars. Click here
reviews of Baby Boom on Amazon.com.
Bush’s Brain Documentary PG-13 78 minutes 2004
This movie explores the history of political manipulator Karl
Rove’s involvement with the political campaigns of President
George W. Bush. Narration, apparently from Rove’s point of
view, criticizes the book by the same title. No violence on
screen. 3 stars. Click here
reviews of Bush's Brain on Amazon.com.
Close Encounters Of The 3rd Kind, Steven Spielberg 1977
The wacky world of alien abductions comes to life, with a
peaceful resolution and reconciliation. 15 scenes of mild
violence or alien abduction including family verbal arguments,
non-lethal car crashes and whacked out electrical
appliances. The DVD dust jacket in some versions was
inexplicably remade from the original black and white to show a
red explosion at Devil’s Tower which doesn’t happen. Three
stars. Click here
reviews of Close Encounters Of The Third Kind on Amazon.com
Dead Poets' Society PG 1989 129 minutes
John Keating (Robin Williams) plays an unconventional
teacher who was a member of the Dead Poets Society at the same
prep school that he now teaches at. His antics in the
classroom lead some of his students down the primrose path, some
would say to self destruction and others would say to liberation
from rote learning. Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard) has a
particularly difficult time reconciling Keating’s teachings with
his own father’s ambitions for what he thinks are the
appropriate educational goals for his son. There are only four
acts or implied acts of violence. (The one suicide occurs off
screen). Four stars. Click here
reviews of Dead Poets' Society on Amazon.com.
Enchanted April 1992 PG 97 minutes
Four English women take a vacation in a nice secluded villa in
post WWI Italy. They mostly want to be alone away from
their husbands. Soon they are joined by one lady’s husband and
the owner of the property. The movie delivers on its promise of
light entertainment without a lot of hype or playing the
audience. There are only two violent scenes in the movie, one of
which, an accidental explosion, was sorely disappointing and
seemed to be deviant from the plot the first time I saw this
movie. Three stars. Click here
reviews of Enchanted April on Amazon.com.
Erin Brockovich 2000 R 132 minutes
This is not a traditional bang bang type shoot’em up type movie,
but lots of people are portrayed as being injured by the
chemical disposal negligence of PG&E. The only actual
physical violence or threats of same are a car accident and a
threatening phone call. Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts)
takes on the negligent powers that be at the same time as taking
care of her three kids and convincing her boss, Attorney Ed
Masry (Albert Finney), to hire her in the first place. Four
reviews of Erin Brockovich on Amazon.com.
ET: The Extraterrestrial 1982 PG
This movie won 4 Oscars: Best Effects, Sound Effects
Editing; Best Effects, Visual Effects; Best Music, Original
Score; Best Sound. A young boy named Eliot (Henry Thomas)
discovers an Extra-Terrestrial in his back yard after the ET is
stranded on Earth. Eliot takes the ET into his house and into
his room. Eliot and his brother and sister keep the ET a secret
for as long as possible. ET sets up some gadgets to make a
device to “phone home”. There are no serious acts of
violence in this movie. There are five mildly violent
scenes, such as the boys getting knives from the kitchen when
they first try to “hunt” ET in the backyard, or some government
workers getting dragged behind the hijacked van that Eliot’s
brother commandeers when trying to return ET to the forest. Five
stars. Click here
reviews of ET: The Extraterrestrial on Amazon.com.
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 2004 R
Jim Carey plays Joel, a guy who decides to have his memory of
his girlfriend erased using a high tech procedure. Halfway
through the procedure, he decides that he wants to save the
memories and a mental struggle ensues between Joel and the
people administering the procedure. There are 7 scenes involving
violence or play acting at violence, but only one scene where
something or someone is killed or injured. 4
stars. Click here
reviews of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind on Amazon.com.
Fast Times At Ridgemont High 1982 R 90 min
For this movie, writer Cameron Crowe spent a year at Claremont
High in San Diego learning about high school life in the early
1980’s. That allowed Crowe to make the script more
realistic and lifelike. As a result, the characters are more
complex and less stereotypical than in most teen angst movies.
The movie follows some of the people at the high school as they
lose their virginity and get involved in drug use. There are
only four acts of mild violence, including a hold-up where a man
uses an unfired gun at a convenience store. Two
stars. Click here
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Finding Forrester 2000 PG-13 for language and
sexual situations 136 minutes
Basketball star and neighborhood bro Jamal Wallace (Rob Brown)
breaks into old man and writer William Forrester’s (Sean
Connery’s) apartment on a dare from his buddies. One thing
leads to another and soon Jamal finds himself becoming friends
with Forrester and Forrester helps Jamal with his writing.
Jamal faces challenges along the way, including the conflict
over pursuing his writing vs pursuing his basketball career.
There are only 3 moments where mild violence occurs or is even
likely to occur (throwing things or an attempt at starting
fist-cuffs for example). Four stars. Click here
reviews of Finding Forrester on Amazon.com.
Flashdance 1983 R
Jennifer Beals gets her big break in this blockbuster movie with
the classic “Flashdance what a feeling” hit song as part of the
soundtrack. The song “Flashdance … what a feeling” won the 1984
Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award
for Best Original Song and as of 2007 ranks as the 22nd most
successful song in history, according to Wikipedia. Beals stars
as Alex who is a welder by day and an exotic dancer by night who
has big dreams of becoming a ballet dancer. Alex also
reluctantly gets involved with her boss at her welding
job. There are only four violent scenes, two of which
involve someone getting punched out. Four
stars. Click here
reviews of Flashdance on Amazon.com.
Grease 1978 PG 110 Minutes
Relive the hit songs from the late
1970’s Grease soundtrack with a story weaved into it involving
the budding romance between greaser Danny (John Travolta) and
Sandy (Olivia Newton-John). This movie was the biggest
grossing musical hit of all time. There are only 4 scenes of
mild slapstick type violence. 3 stars. Click
reviews of Grease on Amazon.com.
High School Musical TV-G 98
High School Basketball star Troy (Zac Efron) and newbie female
brainiac on campus Gabriella (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) team up
almost by chance to perform in the High School Musical. There
are plenty of roadblocks the two encounter along the way to
their stellar performance in the musical. Sci fi and special
effects addicts will be satisfied by the relatively low tech
time warp that is pulled off at the climax without blowing
everything up, like happens in those James Bond or Stargate
movies. There is no violence nor threats of violence in this
movie. Four stars. Click here
reviews of High School Musical on Amazon.com.
High School Musical 2 TV-G
Summer vacation arrives at East High School. Troy Bolton
(Zac Efron), Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) and the rest of
the East High School basketball team land summer jobs at the
resort owned by the Evans family. Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale)
schemes to use her family influence to break up Troy and
Gabriella in both their professional and personal
relationships. Plenty of dancing and singing routines
round out this blockbuster sequel to High School Musical. There
are no violent scenes or threats of violence. Three
stars. Click here
reviews for High School Musical 2 on Amazon.com.
Imagine – John Lennon 1988 UR 100 minutes
This movie details the life of John Lennon from his boyhood days
to his untimely death in 1980. The movie draws on never
before seen footage. It has many of his songs mixed in with
stories about how fans were treated by the Beatles. There
are only four violent scenes or references to violence. The
shooting of John Lennon is portrayed symbolically. Five
stars. Click here
reviews of Imagine on Amazon.com.
Le Fils (The Son) 2002 NR 100 minutes
Foreign – French with
Ex wife tells husband near the beginning of the movie: “He
killed our son and you are teaching him carpentry?” A
reluctant teacher takes on a new client at the woodworking
school. The client is an ex juvenile offender who killed
the teacher’s son. The movie is mostly uneventful. It’s
great if you like watching carpenters walk up and down stairs
and look out windows and do sit ups and driving murderers to
places while their ex wife freaks out. They even get to
eat french fries in France! How exciting. The movie does
have a climax which is not very violent at all. Two
stars. Click here
reviews for Le Fils on Amazon.com.
Legally Blonde 2001 PG-13 for language and
sexual situations. 96 minutes
Blonde bombshell Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) is disappointed
that her boyfriend who she wanted to marry dumped her just so he
could look respectable while attending Harvard Law School. So
she hatches a plan to attend Harvard Law School herself and woo
him back. Along the way she makes some stunning legal maneuvers.
A murder mystery is central to the plot later in the film, but
there is little if any violence on screen, except for the UPS
man getting accidentally smacked in the nose by an overeager
would be mistress. Three stars. Click here
reviews for Legally Blonde on Amazon.com.
Look Who’s Talking 1989 PG-13 96
A CPA accountant named Molly falls for a coworker and gets
pregnant. The next thing we know, the voice of Bruce Willis is
narrating the experiences of the baby to be. Lots of other
babies are also narrated so when the babies meet up they have
cute conversations. A cab driver named James (John Travolta)
becomes the love interest in the story. There are only five
scenes that could loosely be characterized as violent.
Some of them are Molly’s dream fantasies. Three
reviews of Look Who's Talking on Amazon.com.
Look Who’s Talking Too 1990 PG-13
Mollie (Kirstie Alley) and James (John Travolta) team up again
in this sequel to Look Who’s Talking. This time there is a
baby girl in the family named Julie (with her voice narrated by
Roseanne Barr) who is getting in minor fights with her older
brother Mikey (voice provided by Bruce Willis). There are
a few instances that are questionable from a violence avoidance
perspective. Monsters scare Mikey in his room a couple of times.
The new room mate Stuart (Elisa Koteas) pulls an unloaded gun a
couple of times and gets into a minor fight with a robber and
starts a fire in the apartment. 2 stars. Click here
reviews for Look Who's Talking Too on Amazon.com.
Lost In Translation R for some sexual situations 102
stars in an off beat slow paced comedy about his escapades and
language barriers he encounters while in Japan with another
woman while filming a commercial. Only two scenes of
violence punctuate an otherwise calm movie: a kid is playing a
video game and some Japanese gangsters storm into a bar and
start shooting it up using machine guns. Two stars.
reviews for Lost In Translation on Amazon.com.
Love and Other Disasters 2006 R 90
Emily Jackson – Jacks (Brittany Murphy) is an intern at British
Vouge magazine, where she tries to play matchmaker for her
various office buddies, with often hilarious results. One “gay
couple” is matched up even though they aren’t sure if they are
really gay for example. There are no acts of violence or hints
of violence in any part of this movie. 3 stars. Click here
reviews of Love And Other Disasters on Amazon.com
Manilow: Live 2000 NR 115 minutes
Barry Manilow mixes it up in this live concert, including doing
short skits with an Accordion and a Kazu. Manilow also gives a
softer edge to a lot of the musical numbers that he sings, not
just popping out a steady routine of hit songs one after the
other. Some of the lyrics he inherited from Frank Sinatra. There
are a couple of references to violent themes in his songs. One
is the usual reference to gunplay in his hit song Cobocobanna.
The other is a reference to a song in his Broadway musical
“Harmony” about life in a Nazi concentration camp. Three
stars. Click here
reviews of Manilow: Live on Amazon.com.
Moscow On The Hudson 1984 2 hours
English and Russian with English subtitles.
Musician and Sax player Vladimir Ivanoff (Robin Williams) pays a
visit to New York when he travels with the Russian circus.
Vladimir defects while on a shopping trip and is befriended by
the dept store security guard. He soon embarks upon the
usual odyssey of an immigrant in America, finding odd jobs and a
beautiful girlfriend named Lucia (Maria Conchita Alonso).
This movie is almost a Sax musical, since Vladimir gets in
enough Sax playing to make it seem that way. Although the movie
starts out in the pre 1990 Soviet Union, the KGB does not pose a
serious threat to safety of the characters. Vladimir suffers the
only violent encounter in the movie when he gets mugged in New
York. Five stars. Click here
reviews of Moscow On The Hudson on Amazon.com.
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington 1939
UR 129 minutes Classic
A young, idealistic Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) is appointed
to the position of Senator when a former Senator dies
unexpectedly. When Mr. Smith goes to Washington to serve in the
Senate, he soon finds that his idealistic enthusiasm for serving
his country is undermined by the corrupt scoundrels who inhabit
Washington in this academy award winning movie. Eight
brief acts of violence permeate what is otherwise a totally
non-violent movie. Four stars. Click here
reviews of Mr Smith Goes To Washington on Amazon.com.
Mrs Doubtfire 1993 PG-13 125 minutes
Robin Williams pulls off another hit comedy routine, this time
dressed as an old lady housekeeper. Daniel Hillard (Robin
Williams) is a loving and funny husband to his wife Miranda
(Sally Field) but the marriage is on the rocks and headed for
divorce court after one too many comedy antics are pulled by
Daniel. Daniel decides to dress up as an old lady
housekeeper when Miranda places an ad for a nanny to take care
of the kids since the breakup. Lots of hilarious hijinks ensue
and only three acts of slapstick violence occur to punctuate an
otherwise non-violent movie. Four stars. Click here
reviews of Mrs. Doubtfire on Amazon.com.
My Dinner With Andre 1981 PG
Two friends Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn share a dinner
together where they discuss philosophy and life as playwrights
and directors. The conversation even covers such outlandish
topics as the utopian outpost called Findhorn or what it means
to be a human being sitting in a room doing nothing. The
overwhelmingly utopian and scintillating conversation drifts
occasionally into very minor discussion of violent themes and
outcomes, but there is no violence on screen. Five
Note that this movie is now a collector's item.
reviews of My Dinner WIth Andre on Amazon.com.
National Geographic: March Of The Penguins
G Documentary 2004, 80 minutes
The Emperor Penguins of Antarctica march for 70 miles inland to
mate in the dead of winter. Morgan Freeman narrates this
compelling documentary about the Penguins’ struggle for
survival. A few Penguins die from the cold, but there is not
much violence (except a seal or a bird eating a Penguin).
reviews of National Geographic: March Of The Penguins on
Notting Hill -- Romance 1999 PG-13 for sexual
content and brief strong language. 123 minutes.
Bookseller William Thacker (Hugh Grant) falls for famous
screen actress Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) and must face the
reality of Anna’s life with the Paparazzi and her lack of truth
telling to her peers. Will they make a go of it despite
these setbacks? Overall it is a jolly good story with no
violence of any kind. Four stars.
reviews of Notting Hill on Amazon.com.
Nova: Absolute Zero: The Conquest of Cold 2008
NR 112 Minutes
A Nova documentary that explores the scientific investigations
of what is “cold”, starting in the 16th and 17th centuries with
the invention of the thermometer and the world’s first air
conditioner and progressing to the present day race to find
absolute zero. No violence, except for the account of how one
researcher was executed in the 17th century. Three
stars. Available from Netflix.
Oh, God! PG 98 minutes 1977 Comedy
Atheist grocery store assistant manager Jerry Landers (John
Denver) is the unlikely recipient of attention from on high from
the Almighty God himself (George Burns) in this award winning
movie from the late 1970’s. God’s message? “Cherish and
nurture each other instead of killing one another” and
“Everything’s going to work out provided people make that
choice.” There are no violent scenes or references to
unseen violent parts of the plot in this movie. Four
stars. Click here
reviews of Oh God! on Amazon.com.
Oh, God! Book II 1980 PG 94 minutes
Elementary school student 11 year old Tracy Richards (Louanne
Sirota) is the one to see God (George Burns) this time. God
visits Tracy and explains that he needs some additional
publicity. Tracy and some of her pals from school start an ad
campaign where everyone is urged to “Think God”. But soon
Tracy has to answer questions from school administrators and her
parents about what motivated her to start the campaign. There is
no violence in this movie, though Tracy runs away after being
threatened with being put in an institution. Three stars.
reviews of Oh God! Book II on Amazon.com.
Oh, God! You Devil 1984 PG 96 minutes
In this third and final film in the Oh God! Series, Bobby
Sheldon is a struggling musician who whispers out loud that he
would sell his soul to the devil if he could make it in the
music world. Soon the devil (George Burns) signs Bobby up for a
7 year contract in exchange for Bobby’s soul. A little
while later, Bobby is having second thoughts, as part of the
deal involves him impersonating a true rock star while another
man gets to live out his former life with his wife and
kid. Soon God intervenes and attempts to win Bobby’s soul
in a poker game. There is not much violence in this movie. Six
people are reported to die in a hurricane (off screen). A waiter
wrecks the wedding cake next to the pool. Billy Wayne (the rock
star) commits suicide by popping pills. The devil’s most
famous quote: “Next year I’m bringing back the gypsy moth.” Two
stars. Click here
reviews of Oh God! You Devil on Amazon.com.
One Nation Under God Documentary 1993
NR 82 minutes
A succinct examination of the psychological theories and
religious fundamentalism surrounding the issue of weather or not
homosexuality is a learned behavior that can be unlearned
through counseling and/or prayer. A few former “ex gays” give
their accounts of how the religious and psychological programs
designed to convert gays into straights are failures. The only
references to violence against gays and lesbians is the reminder
that Germany interned gays in the concentration camps. Three
stars. Click here
reviews of One Nation Under God on Amazon.com.
Patch Adams PG-13 116 minutes 1998
In Patch Adams Robin Williams plays the real life Patch Adams,
who inspired the creation of a unique hospital in the
1970’s. Patch is a medical student and former psychiatric
inpatient who is inspired to help people in hospitals by making
light of their situation through humor and good times. Patch
runs smack up against the establishment that prohibits him from
practicing medicine without a license. There are five violent
scenes or events (two of them are play acting at shooting guns)
including one murder-suicide not shown on screen. Five
stars. Click here
reviews of Patch Adams on Amazon.com.
Primer 2004 77 minutes PG-13
In this independent award winning film a group of techno-geeks
is experimenting with batteries and gadgets in their garage
while trying to invent a room temperature superconductor.
Eventually their experiments lead them to invent a time travel
device. They try to exploit the device for financial gain and
this leads to trouble, both technically and personally. There
are only 5 somewhat violent images or scenes, not too
gross. Three stars. Click here
reviews of Primer on Amazon.com.
Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975 R
This movie is mostly a musical where a naïve couple named Brad
(Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) who got stranded
along a deserted roadway are introduced to the mad
scientist/vampire Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) and his lab. A
couple of people die. There are a total of 8 violent scenes
(mostly mild slapstick violence) including one sex scene that
has an open question of consent. Three stars. Click here
reviews of the Rocky Horror Picture Show on Amazon.com.
Sleepless In Seattle PG 1993 105 minutes
Jonah Baldwin (Ross Malinger), son of Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks),
calls in to a national radio program to express that his dad
needs a new wife, after his wife died. After Sam goes on
the air briefly, over 2000 women call in to try to find out how
to contact Sam. One of those women is Annie Reed (Meg
Ryan), who writes Sam a letter. Jonah is adamant that Sam and
Annie have to meet, but Sam is not inclined to visit Baltimore
from Seattle. Jonah eventually figures out how to get them
together in a surprising meet up. There is no significant
violence in this movie. (A wife accidentally elbows a man in the
face while lying in bed in a totally out of context
moment.) Four stars. Click here
reviews of Sleepless In Seattle on Amazon.com.
Somewhere in Time 1980 PG 103
This movie features time travel without the flashing lights,
burning rubber and flux capacitors and without the gunplay of
the Libyan terrorists. However the star of the show
Richard Collier (played by Christopher Reeve) is continually
stalked by William Fawcett Robinson (Christopher Plummer) who
ultimately has Richard bagged and dragged from the scene in a
not too violent display of thuggery. Otherwise, this is a
nice romantic story of a playwright living in 1980 who falls in
love with an actresses' picture from 1912 and takes a trip back
through time, courtesy of willpower sans technology. There
are six scenes of violence to self or others or implied threats
of violence. 4 stars. Click here
reviews of Somewhere In Time on Amazon.com.
Talk To Me
Cedric The Entertainer
Taraji P. Henson
PG Violent previews. Fast forward over them.
Petey Greene is an African American con man and
a felon in prison for 5-10 years in the late 1960’s. He cons his
way out of prison by settling a dispute in the prison yard. He
persuades his would be boss Dewey Hughes to hire him as a
radical radio DJ for the morning show on a radio station in
Washington DC. Petey brings the community together with
his radio show and pitches in until 2AM one night during a
period of national mourning, urging people to avoid violence.
There are 8 brief scenes of mild violence and rioting or threats
of violence. Two people die (not shown on screen).
The movie is rated R for pervasive language and sexual content.
The violence would have earned it a PG rating. 1 hr 59
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The Front -- Woody Allen 1976 PG
Howard Prince (Woody Allen) befriends a blacklisted screen
writer Alfred Miller (Michael Murphy) who is trying to get his
work accepted in the McCarthy witch-hunt era of the 1950s.
Howard acts as a “front” so that Alfred can submit his
scripts. Soon Howard is a very popular fellow. But the FBI
is not far behind… There is only one reference to violence, when
an actor who is being pressured to testify against Howard
commits suicide (off screen). Four stars. Click here
reviews of The Front on Amazon.com.
The King of Kong 2007 PG-13 79
This movie details the competitive gaming world of Donkey
Kong. There is a whole genre of gamers who compete for the
title of the world’s best Donkey Kong player and this movie
provides a glimpse into that world. There are only three
instances of violence or glorification of violence in this
movie. There is “war all the time in this universe” according to
one player. Another player idolizes the Red Barron from WWII
because he shot down 87 planes in the battles with Germany.
Finally, the players sometimes send death threats to each other.
Three stars. Click here
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The Man From Earth 2007 NR
This is a Sci-fi yarn written by Jerome Bixby that could have
been subtitled “My Dinner With Andre meets Mr Spock”. In this
case Mr Spock is a 14,000 year old caveman named John who was
born in Cromagnon times and has lived to tell about it, all
while not aging a day past 35. John is about to move
on to another part of the world to hide his identity, but this
time he decides to stay for awhile and chat with his soon to be
departed friends. There is no violence in this movie,
though a gun is pulled at one point and later the same man (a
psychologist) threatens to have John committed to an asylum.
Four stars. Click here
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The Pursuit Of Happyness PG-13 for some
barely noticeable 4 letter words. 2006 117 minutes
A down on his luck salesman named Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is
struggling to keep his relationship together and take care of
his son Christopher (played by Will Smith’s real life son Jaden
Christopher Syre Smith). Mr Gardner goes from selling bone
density monitors to hospitals and doctors’ offices to working
his way up to a dream job at a stock brokerage. Along the way,
he scrapes by day to day but he and his son continue valiantly
in their pursuit of happiness. There are a couple of
potentially violent confrontations, but nobody gets hurt. Fast
forward over the violent previews for Spiderman 3 and James Bond
(approved for all audiences my ass!) 4 stars. Click here
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The Thrill Of It All! 1963 NR 103
Beverly Boyer (Doris Day) is a happily married doctor’s wife who
by chance lands a spot doing tv commercials for soap. Soon
her life is turned upside down by the competing demands of the
soap commercials and her doctor husband (James Garner), who is
just a little envious that his wife is making more money than he
is. With more demands happening every day the plot soon becomes
a race to save the couple’s marriage. There are five acts
of mild violence, such as drinks being thrown in people’s
faces. Three stars. Click here
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The TV Set Comedy Staring David Duchovny
(X-Files) and Sigourney Weaver (Alien)
This movie chronicles the life of writer Mike Kline (David
Duchovny) who is trying to get his TV series pilot to be
accepted for airtime. The movie focuses on some of the
scenes in the pilot and how the Network President (Weaver) wants
the script to be changed. The original pilot script has a
suicide plot. A competing pilot script has a plot of death due
to natural causes. No one dies on screen. There is no
violence other than a story about a bumpy airplane ride.
Rated R for language.
Three stars. Click here
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Tin Cup 1996 R 135 minutes
Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy (Kevin Costner) is a washed up golf pro who
has his own golf shop and driving range in the middle of
nowhere. He takes on giving golf lessons to a beautiful woman
named Dr Molly Griswald (Rene Russo). Soon Roy finds
himself in competition with Molly’s boyfriend both for Molly’s
hand and for the championship in a round of golf at the US Open.
Lots of suspense with absolutely no violence, except for Roy and
his caddy breaking his own golf clubs. Five stars.
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Tootsie PG 1982 119 minutes
Out of work actor Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) tries in vain
to find an acting job as a man. Finally he decides to try
landing a part by casting himself as a woman named Dorothy
Michaels (nicknamed Tootsie). Things go along swell and
Tootsie easily lands the part on a soap opera. But like all good
things, it just doesn’t last. Hoffman’s character falls
for co star Julie (Jessica Lange) and things get complicated
from there. There are only two mildly violent scenes, when
Hoffman gets punched and when there is a boxing match on TV.
Four stars. Click here
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Xanadu 1980 PG 96 minutes
The Greek Muse named Kira (Olivia Newton John) spices up a
fanciful musical. An aspiring artist named Sonny Malone (Michael
Beck) sets out to start a dream career with once famous Danny
McGuire (Gene Kelley). The movie has only three scenes
that could be loosely characterized as violent (one crash, one
pulled gun and one dancer hanging by the back of her
neck). Otherwise we are scarcely reminded of the cruel
outside world while getting lost in the musical world and
musings of Xanadu. Three stars. Click
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