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watch a good movie *without* violence and sex

A guide by Vanessa "mvchristenson" (Utah)
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Are you having a hard time finding grown-up, intelligent, good movies to watch, but are tired of all the violence and sex in them? There is hope!

There are still a lot of movies available on DVD for you to watch, and not all of them are pre-1960s.


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* Ever After - A Cinderella Story is based on the fairytale, "Cinderella," with Drew Barrymore as the girl who uses her brains to overcome a step-mother who treats her like a slave.

* David Duchoveny's surprisingly romatic role in Return to Me reminds you that falling in love isn't just about sex.

* How to Marry a Millionaire is a great movie. The tension is so hilarious with Lauren Bacall and her attitude with her potential boyfriend, who happens to be a billionaire, but she thinks he's a gas jockey.


Action Movies Don't Have to Be Graphically Violent
Acutally, these aren't action movies per se, but they do include suspenseful sequences that are action-oriented. For example:

* The Man From Snowy River focuses mostly on the story about Jim Craig, a young man who has to work in the low-country in Australia after the death of his father. At the end of the movie is a fabulous action sequence when the men decide to round up the brumbies.

* Ladyhawke is a fantasy that does have a tiny bit of killing, it's necessary to the plot and it isn't bloody. One of the most beautiful romantic fantasies ever made. This is the story of two people who are bound together by love, but forever apart because of a curse by a spurned jealous suitor.


Current Movies Based on Classic Books

* Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice (Special Edition) is her most well-known novel. One of the better adaptations, this 5-hour mini-series is beautiful to watch and excellently acted. Another Austin-based movie is Sense & Sensibility (Special Edition), which won the academy award for best adapted screenplay.

* Little Women (Collector's Series) is based on the Louisa May Alcott novel about the story of a family in New England during the civil war. It's a sweet story about how important family is, but also how the girls come of age.

* "Cold Comfort Farm," alas, is not yet available on DVD, so you would have to get it in video (Cold Comfort Farm [VHS]). Another unusual movie with a silly plot, but the characters are eccentric and lovable, even the grandmother who saw "something nasty in the woodshed." Kate Beckingsale is fabulous as the main character who comes to stay on the farm to get material for a novel and ends up cleaning up their lives. Her interference seems to help every and in the end the farm's curse seems to lift. It's based on the story by Stella Gibbons.


Movies That Are Just Fun to Watch

* Strictly Ballroom is just a fun movie. Made in Australia, it tells the story of a champion ballroom dancer who wants to dance his own steps instead of those of "the Federation" and the ugly duckling partner who helps him.

* I can and do watch The Princess Bride (Special Edition) often. It's the kind of feel-good movie that is easy to watch over and over. What a crazy, ridiculous story, but in pulling it off the story becomes endearing and joyful when the good guys endure and the bad ones are punished. It's eminently quotable, and the humor never dulls.


Oldies But Goodes

* Rear Window (Collector's Edition) is a classic thriller, but it all takes place in one apartment! In essense, it's more psychological than anything else, and is a very effective, though-provoking story.

* Truly one of the greatest films of all time, Singin' in the Rain combines a great story with fabulous dacing and singing.

* We got Some Like It Hot (Special Edition) as soon as it was released. Another movie you can watch over and over, the actors are great and the story is so corny it's fun to watch.

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Action Movies Don't Have to Be Graphically Violent
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Current Movies Based on Classic Books
6.  Pride and Prejudice (Special Edition) [Anamorphic] [Color] [Special Edition] [Closed-captioned]  DVD ~ Colin Firth
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7.  Sense & Sensibility (Special Edition) [Multiple Formats] [Anamorphic] [Closed-captioned] [Color] [Dolby] [NTSC] [Subtitled] [Widescreen]  DVD ~ Emma Thompson
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8.  Little Women (Collector's Series) [Multiple Formats] [AC-3] [Anamorphic] [Closed-captioned] [Color] [Dolby] [NTSC] [Special Edition] [Subtitled] [Widescreen]  DVD ~ Susan Sarandon
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Movies That Are Just Fun to Watch
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11.  The Princess Bride (Special Edition) [Multiple Formats] [Anamorphic] [Closed-captioned] [Color] [Dolby] [Special Edition] [Subtitled] [Widescreen] [NTSC]  DVD ~ Cary Elwes
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12.  Rear Window (Collector's Edition) [Color] [Collector's Edition] [Widescreen]  DVD ~ James Stewart
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13.  Singin' in the Rain [Closed-captioned] [Color] [Dolby] [NTSC]  DVD ~ Gene Kelly
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