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Family valued - 4.5.06

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

Now, if we had an ounce of sense here at the Family Valued Popcorn Counter, we'd be telling you how great the Rochester Children's Film Festival has been and will continue to be for the next couple of weeks. Problem is, the younger members of our target-market family really wanted to see this piece of perfunctory Hollywood stuff. Afterwards, we grilled a member of the 8- to 10-year-old female demographic:

What was the movie?

You're asking what the movie was?

OK, I know what the movie was. What did you think of it?

It was a normal '2' movie, you know? It wasn't as good as the first, but it was good.

Why aren't normal '2' movies as good?

I don't know; they're usually like... in the first movie, they change, you know? But in the second movie, they don't change.

I said something like that yesterday.

I just found Ice Age 1 a little more entertaining.

What did you like about this one?

I thought the new characters that are in it are fun to be with.

Like who?

Ellie, the mammoth, and... what were the two opossums' names? Oh, yeah, Crash and Eddie. Sid was as funny as usual.

Yeah, my favorite scene featured Sid.

I would have liked them to use Diego more, 'cause he's like one of my favorite characters.

Anything good besides the characters?

Unlike a lot of '2' movies, this one has a good story. Like, Hunchback of Notre Dame 2, I didn't find that a good story. Actually, I didn't like the first much, either.

So, do you recommend Ice Age 2?

Yeah, I do. I think for all kids 2 and up, it's funny.

But is it a dollar-theater kind of movie, or a rush-out-and-see-it kind?

I think it's worth seeing in the regular theaters. It's good.

--- Adam Wilcox

Sex (education) is in the air

There's a condom in our fruit basket. We picked it up at a Planned Parenthood-sponsored talk. We arrived with 13 teens, ages 12 to 18. Strangely, ours were the only kids there, although the evening's topic was teens and sex.

The speaker, Barbara Huberman of Advocates for Youth, showed a 16-minute film entitled Teens & Sex in Europe: A Story of Rights, Respect & Responsibility. The film grew from the encounters of Ms. Huberman and a group of American teens and adults on a discovery tour through France, Germany, and the Netherlands. The group's goal: talk to European teens and adults about sexual culture and attitudes. The film highlights conversations with teens, along with parents, religious educators, youth workers, and teachers, all responsible for teen sexual education. Amusing condom ads shown on European television are also included.

Does candid sex education make European teens promiscuous? Statistics say no. As one European adult observes, kids have sex more conscientiously. As a result, they have sex later than their American counterparts and usually within the confines of long-term relationships.

When European and American teens are asked separately about issues around sex, the differences in attitude are striking. It's little wonder rates of American teen pregnancy, abortion, and STDs are much higher than those in Europe.

This film is downloadable at www.advocatesforyouth.org/rrr/video.htm or can be borrowed from the Planned Parenthood library. As for that condom in our fruit basket, we'll use it as soon as I remember to buy bananas.

--- Marjorie Sangster Rolleston