Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -1

An extension of the popular cartoon and trading-card game, Yu-Gi-Oh! takes place in a world dominated by Duel Monsters, a card game that allows players to simulate combat between the creatures in their deck. The all-time dueling champion is Yugi Moto (voice by Dan Green), but there is more to this young man than card-playing savvy. Yugi possesses the magical millennium puzzle and a powerful alter-ego, the ancient Pharaoh Yami Yugi. More than that, he knows that Duel Monsters has the power to release evil powers and unleash a new diabolical round of the shadow games. So Yugi, like the Pharaoh before him, must contain these evils by dominating the games. Unfortunately, Yugis naive arch-rival Seto Kaiba (Eric Stuart) wants nothing more than to defeat Yugi and become champion. And so Kaiba is the perfect pawn for the ancient Anubis, to make his return and attempt to destroy the world.

Yu-Gi-Oh!, though rated PG, is clearly marketed to the Saturday-morning cartoon audience and may be difficult for some adults to sit through. The film tells a story about the battle between good and evil with positive messages about friendship, loyalty and integrity. Yugi is concerned not only for the well-being of the world, but also for his rival, Kaiba. The film loses some acceptability points from the continuous combat violence. But more serious are its repeated references to gods, magic and ancient powers that may be summoned. While some of these ideas may have their place in fiction, parents are strongly cautioned about the topics in this film. It is important to remind children of the truth about magic and god-like powers. Scripture teaches that there is no god apart from the Lord, and He will not share his power with another being, whether human or spiritual.

Preview Reviewer: Shaun Daugherty
Distributor: Warner Brothers

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: Many times mild (two men trampled by a crowd, men chased by mummies, man grabs another man by the throat, building collapses); moderate (mummies fight with characters; mummies are disembodied by characters; characters simulate combat between dragons, wizards, etc., several times)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: Few times mild (one character refers to drinking alcohol and is served an alcoholic drink)
Other: Acceptable use of god many (17) times to refer to Egyptian deities, polytheistic themes, contact between the living and the dead, discussion of magic and magicians, non-Christian spirituality and faith, summoning of monsters in simulated combat
Running Time: 91 minutes
Intended Audience: Children

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