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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK is about Jack, a young boy living in the world of Fairy Tale Characters. While his schoolmates are majoring in Princes, Damsels and Beauties, Jack is flunking, Heroics. Trying to do a “heroic” deed, Jack gives away his most valuable possession, his COW (Computer of Wonder), for three beans, which magically grow into an enormous beanstalk reaching to the sky. Determined to be the hero his father wasn’t, Jack climbs the beanstalk and is off on a grand adventure to rescue the Harp of Destiny from an evil giant.

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK is charming, with good acting and fairly good writing. The sets and costumes are occasionally hokey. Also, the occasional toilet humor and slapstick comedy sometimes detracts from the movie’s natural charm. The worldview, while not explicitly religious, stresses sacrifice, courage and honoring one’s parents. Overall, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK is a heartwarming story with good morals and a fun twist on the original fairy tale. Due to some potentially scary scenes as well as an emphasis on magic, caution is advised for younger children.

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(BB, C, Pa, O, V, N, M) Strong moral worldview with some redemptive elements encourages self-sacrifice, courage and honoring parents, with some light pagan content that includes some magic; no foul language, but five exclamations of “crud,” one use of “shut up” and some light potty humor; slapstick comedy includes girl fights ninjas and pinches one’s nipples, people are hit on the head with hard objects, giants threaten people, implied death of monster; no sexual content; upper male nudity and woman wears low cut top with cleavage; no alcohol; no smoking or drugs; and, girl is kidnapped and children are put into prison.

More Detail:

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK is about Jack, a young boy living in the world of Fairy Tale Characters. While his fellow schoolmates are majoring to be Princes, Damsels and Beauties, Jack is majoring, or rather, flunking, Heroics. Trying to do a “heroic” deed, Jack gives away his most valuable possession, his COW (Computer of Wonder), for three beans, which later magically grow into an enormous beanstalk reaching to the sky. Determined to be the hero his father wasn’t, Jack climbs the beanstalk and is off on a grand adventure to rescue the Harp of Destiny from an evil giant.

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK is charming, with good acting and fairly good writing. The sets and costumes are occasionally hokey. Also, the occasional toilet humor and slapstick comedy sometimes detracts from the movie’s natural charm. The worldview, while not explicitly religious, stresses sacrifice, courage and honoring one’s parents. Overall, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK is a heartwarming story with good morals and a fun twist on the original fairy tale. Due to some potentially scary scenes as well as an emphasis on magic, caution is advised for younger children.

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