MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3

Content: +2

Brendan Fraser, Eliza Hope Bennett, Andy Serkis, Sienna Guillory, Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren. Action/adventure/fantasy. Written by David Lindsay-Abaire. Directed by Iain Solftley.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Based on the best-selling book by Cornelia Funke, Inkheart is a fantasy adventure that sends a father and daughter on a quest through worlds both real and imagined.

Mortimer “Mo” Folchart (Brendan Fraser) and his 12-year-old daughter, Meggie (Eliza Hope Bennett), share a passion for books. What they also share is an extraordinary gift for bringing characters from books to life when they read aloud. But there is a danger: when a character is brought to life from a book, a real person disappears into its pages. On one of their trips to a secondhand book shop, Mo hears voices he hasn’t heard for years, and when he locates the book they’re coming from, it sends a shiver up his spine. It’s Inkheart, a book filled with illustrations of medieval castles and strange creatures—a book he’s been searching for since Meggie was three years old, when her mother, Resa (Sienna Guillory), vanished into its mystical world.

But Mo’s plan to use the book to find and rescue Resa is thwarted when Capricorn (Andy Serkis), the evil villain of Inkheart, kidnaps Meggie and, discovering she has inherited her father’s gift, demands that she bring his most powerful ally to life—the Shadow. Determined to rescue his daughter and send the fictional characters back where they belong, Mo assembles a small group of friends and family—some from the real world, some from the pages of books—and embarks on a daring and perilous journey to set things right.

PREVIEW REVIEW: The production values are not in the league with the Narnia or Lord of the Rings movies, but there is a charm about the proceedings. Brendan Fraser knows how to handle blue-screen action with ease and gives the storyline credibility. Devoid of crudity or rough language, with positive messages about the importance of family and self-sacrifice, the film should be a family pleaser.

Interesting note (well, to me, anyway): The film contains a great line about books. “They love anyone who opens them.”

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Warner Bros.

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Comic book action throughout with menacing villains chasing and threatening our heroes; while there is a great deal of action, the filmmakers don’t brutalize us with graphic bloodshed; in fact, there’s no blood; people get bonked on the head, held prisoner and threatened with guns, but good triumphs over evil; there are a few scary moments which could upset little ones.

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: The action may unnerve very little ones.

Running Time: 105 minutes
Intended Audience: Family

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