For young children, this is most assuredly not.  Far too many treacherous situations are portrayed that might well be difficult for those under 10 to separate from reality.  But for the older ones – those who enjoy a suspense-filled tale and whose parents are willing to explain that, unlike the Baudelaire children, they will never be alone, that most adults can indeed be trusted, and that the evil of the world has been soundly redeemed – this is a film that will be most enjoyable.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol Content:   Mild.  Possible drinking of characters in one scene, but not obvious.
  • Language/Profanity:    Mild.  Three muffled obscenities, one overt one (“d—n”) and two questionable phrases (“shmuck” and “bite me”).
  • Sexual Content/Nudity:    Mild.  Man strokes chin of young girl and calls her beautiful; later tries to marry her.  Male actor wears dress and full make-up.
  • Violence:   Heavy (although mostly implied).  Parents perish in a fire which destroys family home.  Children are locked in car on train tracks, in the face of oncoming train.  Child is hit violently by adult, knocking him to ground.  Man is killed by another man, a death which is disguised.  Children are buffeted by tornado-like winds in house, narrowly avoid death from moving furniture and must escape from pier-like structure perched precariously above lake.  Woman is left to drown or be killed by leeches.  Baby is suspended in birdcage several stories about the ground, with older sibling climbing up to reach her, followed by a scuffle between child and adult.