Source: Catholic News Service
Lavish, though sometimes awkward, fantasy adventure about a bookbinder (Brendan Fraser) who accidentally brings a fictional juggler (Paul Bettany) and a villain (Andy Serkis) to life by reading aloud to his daughter (Eliza Hope Bennett) the novel in which they are characters and who teams with the author (Jim Broadbent) to return them and retrieve his wife (Sienna Guillory), who disappeared into the story. Director Iain Softley's adaptation of Cornelia Funke's 2004 best-seller, which also features Helen Mirren as the girl's aunt, is a paean to fiction and family relationships and, though there is some moderate action violence that might frighten the very youngest viewers, is otherwise acceptable for all. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-I—general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG—parental guidance suggested; some material may not be suitable for children.
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