Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3

Content: +3

Director Tim Burton turns this classic children's story into a spectacular fantasy adventure that may overwhelm the younger set familiar with the original. Set in modern times, young Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore) lives in a rundown shack on the outskirts of London. No one has seen anyone come in or out of the nearby Wonka Chocolate Factory, but Wonka chocolate bars are everywhere. When eccentric owner Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) announces that five lucky children will win a day in his factory if their chocolate bar has the special gold ticket, sales skyrocket. Sure enough, Charlie wins one. Accompanied by Grandpa Joe (David Kelly), a wide-eyed Charlie embarks on an amazing adventure in the magical world of chocolate rivers, dazzling fireworks, elevators that run in all directions and, of course, Oompa Loompas.

This remake of the 1971 film is rather dark, a trademark of Director Burton. Willy shows no personal interest in his guests and is basically rude to them. He has no tolerance for piggish Augustus (Phillip Wiegrratz), spoiled Veruca (Julia Winter), and obnoxious Mike Teavee. But Willy is astounded when Charlie turns down an offer to stay at the factory. Charlie sees through the slick veneer covering Willy's lonely life and realizes he is much richer than this legendary candy maker. Although Willy turns Violet into a giant blueberry, sends Augustus through a narrow glass tube and turns loose a hoard of squirrels on Veruca, no one is permanently injured. But some intense action may disturb those under five. Willy insists that each child bring along a relative, a smart move since his effeminate appearance may conjure up comparisons to Michael Jackson. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory may be appreciated more by mature audiences because of its sharp humor criticizing big-business practices.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Warner Bros.

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Crude Language: Once - mild (hell 1)

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Few times- mild (scenes of children disappearing, brief video-game violence, girl turned into blueberry, boy sucked into long tube, girl attacked by squirrels)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: Spoiled, greedy children held accountable; boy chooses family over fame

Running Time: 110 minutes
Intended Audience: 5 and older

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