Family-Faith Film Review: Red Riding Hood
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting
Red Riding Hood — This uninvolving update of the classic fairy tale, set in an imaginary medieval village, finds the maiden of the title (Amanda Seyfried) pursued by the youth she has loved since childhood (Shiloh Fernandez), by the scion (Max Irons) of the richest family in town — to whom her parents (Virginia Madsen and Billy Burke) have betrothed her — and, to a different end, by the local werewolf. A priest (Gary Oldman) renowned for laying lycanthropes low arrives, but turns out to be a cynical, sensual inquisitor. As directed by Catherine Hardwicke, the glum proceedings are low on entertainment value or emotional impact, while the off-kilter portrayal of the church makes this “Twilight” wannabe totally unsuitable for targeted teen audiences. Skewed treatment of Catholicism, brief nongraphic premarital sexual activity, moderate but sometimes gory violence. L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (PG-13) 2011
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