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Common Sense Media's Feel-Good DVD Gift Guide

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'The Dark Knight Rises'

Age: 14+

Why Buy? Christian Bale's final outing as Batman is as gritty and dark as both "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight." It's also a gripping, timely superhero story with great acting (especially scene-stealing Anne Hathaway) and themes of justice and sacrifice.

What Parents Should Know: Parents need to know that "The Dark Knight Rises" is the final installment in director Christopher Nolan's dark, violent Batman trilogy. Like its predecessors, "The Dark Knight Rises" features ultra-violent scenes of torture and death that are too intense for younger kids used to the nearly comic, stylized action violence of other superhero films. A disturbingly high body count is achieved via massive explosions, kidnappings, neck breakings, shootings, and hand-to-hand combat. While there's not a lot of actual blood, there's tons of death and mass destruction. Bruce Wayne enjoys a few passionate kisses and one love scene that shows bare shoulders; swearing is very infrequent. The film's villain, Bane, is monstrously muscled and frighteningly sadistic, and his mask is very scary looking. Despite the violence, be prepared for kids to beg to see the much-hyped Caped Crusader's latest adventure. —Common Sense Media (Photo: Warner Bros.)

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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