Stuart Little
PG
Entertainment: +4
Acceptability: +2

What a fabulously clever and funny comedy-adventure! Based on a classic book by popular childrens author E. B. White, it stars a talking mouse with human qualities. It takes place in New York City and begins as a young couple, Mr. and Mrs. Little (Hugh Laurie and Geena Davis) are at an orphanage. They want a companion for their young son, George (Jonathan Lipnicki). To their amazement, one of the orphans is a very human-like mouse, named Stuart (voice by Michael J. Fox), who wins their heart. When George meets Stuart, he isnt happy at all and neither is the family cat, Snowbell (Nathan Lane). But Stuart is delighted since he has always wanted to be part of a loving family. From then on, Stuart gets involved in all sorts of hilarious, sometimes frightening, adventures. Among other things, hes accidentally trapped in the family washing machine, chased by Snowbell and other assorted cats, kidnapped by fake mouse parents and fights for his survival when some alley cats in Central Park determine to do him in. Most of all, though, its the clever, comical dialogue between the cats, mice and Stuart which make this film so hilarious, particularly for adults. But theres no doubt that it will delight all ages.

Georges parents are very loving and caring. They do their best to make a good home for him and Stuart. And Stuart is a very lovable, sensitive mouse, so eventually Stuart, George and Georges parents develop a close, loving bond. Georges dad also teaches good values, such as never stop trying to achieve and the importance of family. Even Snowbell, who isnt too fond of Stuart, risks his life to save him. There are plenty of harrowing cat and mouse chases, as well as cats and Stuart falling into ponds, two boys fist-fighting, and some toy boats destroyed in an exciting race. But none of these are likely to disturb even small children. The only questionable elements in the film are four mild crude words, spoken by the cats, undoubtedly included to avoid a G rating. These are unfortunate, but not severe enough to warrant a negative rating. So, congratulations to Columbia Pictures for a fun, decent film which will truly delight all members of the family.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Distributor: Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd,Culver City, CA 90232

Summary
Crude Language: Few (4) times - All mild
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: Many times - Moderate (Cat sucks mouse into mouth, mouse trapped in washing machine water, cats chase mouse several times, boys fist fight , toy boats destroyed in race, cats threaten to kill mouse, mouse and cats fall into pond, mouse hits cat with tree branch)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Boy taught to never stop trying, importance of family and helping family members, loving family relationships, cat risks life for mouse, slang term puppy do spoken
Running Time: 92 minutes
Intended Audience: Ages 4 and older

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