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Tuck Everlasting | 2002 | PG | - 2.3.1

Based on the novel by Natalie Babbitt, about a young woman (Alexis Bledel) who rebels against her domineering mother's control and runs into a forest near her home. She gets lost and happens upon a young man (Jonathan Jackson) whose family is kind and generous but has a powerful secret. She has to decide whether she will return to her mother, or stay with the young man and his family. Also with Sissy Spacek, William Hurt, Amy Irving, Scott Bairstow, Victor Garber and Ben Kingsley. [1:90]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A young man and a young woman kiss several times, lie on the ground holding each other, hold hands a few times, and spin and dance together. A young man takes off his clothes down to his long johns and a young woman takes off her dress down to her slip and they swim together (they hold each other and hug while swimming). A young woman is shown in her corset. There is a discussion of a young woman "snaring suitors."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man is hit on the head with a rifle butt and falls to the ground, dead. A young man is shot in the stomach and falls back on the ground (he gets back up and we see a hole in his shirt). Two young men threaten a man with swords and they are both shot, they fall to the ground but then get up again. A young woman runs from a young man and is grabbed by another young man on horseback; the young woman kicks and punches. A man's house is burned by a crowd carrying torches, and another man sets his own house on fire. A man is thrown out of a saloon and lands hard on the ground. A young woman screams and yells for help. A young woman walking through a forest alone hears noises and is frightened. A man is held at gunpoint, and we see a dead man lying on a table. A woman climbs into bed with her elderly mother as she takes her last breath. A young man finds a gravestone and grieves and we see a man in a dark cemetery. Two young men are followed by a mysterious man. A young man talks about another young man having fallen 30 feet and landing on his neck, that a young man was bitten by a rattlesnake, and that a horse was shot three times. People say a woman will hang and we see a noose. People talk about a woman and her two children having died.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 1 mild obscenity, 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks alcohol.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Fate, time, immortality, war, disappearance of a child, running away, blasphemy, grief, guilt, loss, old age, cheating, melancholy, grifters, the soul, the cycle of life.

MESSAGE - We should not fear death but rather the unlived life.

(Note: There is discussion of a woman having left her husband because she was convinced that he sold his soul to the devil.)

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