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Family Movie Review: Hours (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 97 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 14+. The film is about a man trying to keep his baby daughter alive during Hurricane Katrina, so there are elements of the societal breakdown that occurred in New Orleans after the storm hit. There’s some cursing, corpses under sheets, one implied sexual scene (with no nudity), and two murders. Nothing is overly graphic or exploitative, but it will only resonate with teenagers who remember Hurricane Katrina and its news coverage, and understand what occurred in New Orleans afterward.

‘Hours,’ one of actor Paul Walker’s final films before his untimely death in November, isn’t as thrilling a movie as it wants to be. But as a showcase of Walker’s range as an actor, it works well, and is a solid entry into the late actor’s filmography.

By Roxana Hadadi

Let’s get this out of the way first: Paul Walker was painfully handsome, absurdly good-looking, the kind of actor who made his name on his face and eyes and abs. But as Walker grew older, serving as the backbone to the increasingly popular and successful “Fast & Furious” franchise, he grew as an actor, too, becoming more nuanced, more subtle, more of an extension of the average guy trying to make it in an unfair world. That’s essentially the plot of “Hours,” one of Walker’s final films to be released after his accidental death on November 30, and although it’s not a fantastic movie, it’s a good one for Walker. The film focuses largely on him, and his combination of easy charm, tight-jawed grit, and confident likability works quite well.

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