Twilight Saga: New Moon
PG-13
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -1

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Taylor Lautner. Based on novel by Stephenie Meyer. Directed by Chris Weitz.

PREVIEW SYNOPSIS: This second vampire fantasy drama written by Stephenie Meyer continues the star-crossed love story of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), the weird teen vampire. Bella suffers a severe depression when Edward and his family leave the small northwestern town of Fork. The only thing that restores her to some kind of normalcy is her lifelong friend Jacob (Taylor Lautner), whose native Indian heritage has made him somewhat of an outsider. Imagine Bella’s shock when Jacob confesses he has a rare Indian gene that can turn him into a vicious werewolf! Boy, can Bella pick ‘em. Her dream of becoming a vampire so she can be with Edward for eternity just may come true.

PREVIEW REVIEW: A one-word description of New Moon comes to mind – dark. Not just the storyline, but the setting. It could have easily been shot in black and white because almost every scene is dark, even when there are no light-sensitive vampires lurking about. Disturbing is the deep, dark depression Bella suffers. Yes, many teenagers’ breakup experiences can have a profound effect on them, but glamorizing depression in a film that mostly teenage girls will watch may justify a brokenhearted teen’s desire to withdraw from family and friends.

Even though the weather is always cold, dark and rainy, both Edward and Jacob spend most of their time shirtless, much to the squealing delight of girls in the audience. There are a few sensuous kissing scenes, but no sex, at least in this episode. Whenever Bella’s life is in danger, Edward or Jacob manage to save her, and Bella risks her life for Edward. Very little foul language is spoken but the vicious fighting among wolverines and vampires is fairly graphic.

Teenagers are old enough not to take this melodramatic fantasy about vampires and wolverines seriously. It’s the love story between Bella and Edward that will resonate most with them. For a tragic love story, an better alternative might be the 1996 updated version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Distributor: Summit Entertainment

Summary
Crude Language: Heard "dammit" once
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: Several times - fighting; vicious werewolves and vampires attach each other; scary dream sequences; near drowning
Sexual Intercourse: Couple kiss few time
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: No smoking, drugs or alcohol
Other: Werewolves morph from humans to animals several times; girl begs vampire boyfriend to turn her into vampire; teen depression
Running Time: 130 minutes
Intended Audience: Teenagers

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