Sunday, June 7, 2009


We took my sons and friends to see "UP" yesterday, in "Disney Digital 3D". Quite an enjoyable film, and fairly family friendly.

[This is not spoilers, most of it is in the trailer for the film, so no worries] It is the story of an old man who wants to fulfill the dream he and his late wife had, of going to South America. He decides to do this by flying his house there. He winds up accidentally taking along a young boy who is a "Wilderness Explorer". They have an adventure in South America, and learn the value of family and relationships. Of course there is an evil guy and his minions, and the omnipresent talking animal comedy relief.

I said "fairly" family friendly. There are some parts which deal with themes that are quite sad and serious, but are done in a way that is not threatening, and although the adults will tear up (well, ones like me who tear up at the drop of a hat will), the kids will gloss over it and enjoy the physical comedy. There is also quite a bit of mockery of Boy Scouts, which I didn't appreciate, but younger kids will probably miss it, and Boy Scouts (at least the ones I know) are strong enough to take it.

All-in-all it's funny, touching, and remarkably free of body noises or crudeness. I'd give it two thumbs...UP!


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