By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 at 10:24 am in Uncategorized.
San Francisco-based Common Sense Media, a nonprofit advocacy group that focuses on families and the media, says, “Parents need to know… that this movie is an aged-up version of the ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’ book that Common Sense Media recommends for readers 9 and up. Young hero Percy is now in high school rather than middle school; his satyr friend Grover loves the ladies; and a trip that Percy, Grover, and Annabeth take to a casino has a nightclub, a full bar, and trippy lotus flowers that all the patrons ingest (in the book, they play video and arcade games endlessly). Plus, the violence level is high for a PG-rated movie.” CSM says, save it for the 11-and-up crowd.
And Plugged-In Online, the review arm of Focus on the Family (I always put this disclaimer in, because you need to know — while Focus on the Family may not be everyone’s cup of tea, even the most liberal-leaning of parents will enjoy the Plugged-In reviews. They’re fair, often funny and always helpful), says:
“Rick Riordan’s ‘Percy Jackson & the Olympians’ books have taken millions of young readers on an epic Greek journey. Now they’re being lured to the land of big screens and expensive popcorn to see it all come to life… What it ends up being, though, is … ridiculously violent for a kids’ flick, pointless and dull.”
Plugged-In also notes that this movie, which is aimed at the tween set, has a soundtrack that includes Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face,” for example, and Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK.” If you don’t mind your 9-year-old singing about brushing her teeth with Jack Daniels or boys wanting to touch her junk, junk, then this shouldn’t be a problem for you. Ahem.
So… did you see it? What did you think?