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Box Office Mom: Saving Mr. Banks

11:23 AM, Jan 6, 2014   |    comments
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Box Office Mom visits Take Five and Company for another movie review.

Rating: 3 out of 5 buckets
Release Date: December 25, 2013
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 14+
Sexual Content: None
Violent Content: Mild
Crude or Profane Language: Mild
Drugs and Alcohol: Excessive
Will It Appeal to Kids? No

She loathes Disney products and the idea that wishes can make dreams come true, a well known Disney philosophy. She despises anything associated with Disney, even Mickey Mouse. This is the story about British writer P. L. Travers, the author of the beloved "Mary Poppins" books. It's a story of how Walt Disney pursues Travers so he can turn the wonderful Mary Poppins creation into a magically Disney film. After twenty years he eventually succeeds, though it wasn't easy. He discovers the truth about Travers' horrid past, and learns how the magical English nanny came to be. Based on a true story Saving Mr. Banks is a wonderful film, though it may not appeal to kids.

 

Most people assume that this is a fun loving movie, after all Walt Disney is one of the main characters. However, Saving Mr. Banks is not necessarily for kids, though an amazing movie. The mature storyline of Travers' life, and the trials and tribulations she faces during her childhood might not be something that would appeal to kids.

Sexual Content: None

Violent Content: Mild

• Travers' mom tries to commit suicide. We see her walking out into deep water...it's a creepy scene and may frighten young kids.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

• We hear, "d-mn," "h---," and "g--d-mn."

Drugs and Alcohol: Excessive

• Travers' father is an alcoholic. We see flashbacks throughout the film of him drinking from bottles and flasks. In one scene he has a speaking engagement, and falls off the stage. He hurts his back, and becomes bedridden from then on. We see him lying in bed, coughing up blood.
• When Travers' father was convalescing, he has his daughter get him his booze, calling it his "medicine."

Will It Appeal to Kids? No

Overall this is a wonderful movie, one that adults will especially enjoy. Parents need to be aware of the excessive drug and alcohol content throughout the film.

Courtesy: Jackie Solberg, www.boxofficemom.com

 

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