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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events


Source: Catholic News Service

Delightfully macabre tale of three Baudelaire orphans -- one an infant -- navigating their perilous way through various guardians into whose dubious care they've been entrusted after the death of their parents in a mysterious fire: evil Count Olaf (Jim Carrey) who has an eye on their fortune; kindly but dimwitted reptile collector Uncle Monty (Billy Connolly); and hyperphobic Aunt Josephine (Meryl Streep) who lives in a house perched high on a cliff. Director Brad Silberling's adaptation of three books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler; here voiced by Jude Law) makes for excellent Edward Gorey-like family viewing for all but perhaps the very youngest children who might find some of the situations scary, though the action is played humorously tongue-in-cheek throughout. Some mildly intense situations and a smattering of crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested.

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