Wild America
PG-13
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -1

In the summer of 1967, three brothers leave their home in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, and embark on an adventure that will last a lifetime. Confronting nature in the wild, Marty (Scott Bairstow), Mark (Devon Sawa), and Marshall (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) learn to depend on each other and discover their calling - to photograph America's wildlife in its unspoiled setting. Inspired by the true story of the adventurous Stouffer brothers, this movie shows how they filmed a documentary which revealed the mystery and majesty of some of nature's most elusive and endangered creatures. They travel to swamps and film alligators; to the great Southwest and film mustangs. And finally, they travel to the Rocky Mountains and find a legendary cave of hibernating bears. Wild America isn't necessarily for nature lovers because it focuses much more on the boys' adventures than on the wildlife itself. Children and adults alike will enjoy the adventure and occasional humor in this film.

Several positive messages come out in the film. First, the boys learn what their father has been teaching them for years: to work hard and make something out of life. Second, Marshall learns that white lies, the ones that don't hurt anyone, are still lies, and therefore, wrong. And finally, the boys learn to appreciate wildlife and our country's natural resources without getting entangled in extreme environmentalism which teaches that man is not better than animals. There's a lot of action with attacking animals, but no one gets hurt. The boys have a couple of fights, but it's not excessive or disturbing. Unfortunately, the movie contains too much foul language. Over 27 crude words are spoken, and nine obscenities including four s-words. Also, the boys often disobey their parents, sometimes with a disrespectful attitude, and suffer no negative consequences as a result. Like most PG-13 rated movies, WILD AMERICA is a little too wild for family viewers.

Preview Reviewer: Jason Shepherd
Distributor: Warner Bros., 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522

Summary
Crude Language: Many (27) times - Mild 12, Moderate 15
Obscene Language: Many (9) times - s-word 4, other 5
Profanity: Few (2) times - Exclamatory
Violence: Several times - Moderate (boys force young brother to do dangerous things; boys wrestle resulting in accidental broken leg; several attacking animals, but no injuries)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None, but girls remove bikini tops with back turned to camera
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Once (slang term used for woman's pelvic area)
Drug Abuse: Several times (beer drinking; cigar smoking)
Other: Boys often disobey mother, sometimes with disrespectful attitude; 'medicine man' in woods disappears mysteriously
Running Time: 105 minutes
Intended Audience: 10 and older

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