Family Movie Review: From Up on Poppy Hill (PG)

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MPAA Rating: PG       Length: 91 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 10+. Some characters smoke cigarettes, and there are some emotional themes—romantic feelings between high school students who may, but don't actually turn out to be, related—that may be best handled by older children.

'From Up on Poppy Hill' isn't a flawless film from Japan's Studio Ghibli, but it's beautifully imagined and effectively emotive. It's a kind little movie with a quiet sort of magic.

By Roxana Hadadi

Children's movies are always about saving something, aren't they? "Epic" was about saving the forest. "Turbo" was about saving your dreams. "Planes" was about saving Disney's tight grip on the wallets of parents whose children just had to have the latest Dusty toy. OK, I kid, I kid. But in all seriousness, movies for youngsters are very often about the power they have—about how they're capable of doing so much more. And so it goes with "From Up on Poppy Hill," the latest from Japan's Studio Ghibli—it assures children that they can cherish the past while living in the now, that their actions matter. It's an important message.

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