Rating: A-II (PG-13)
NEW YORK (CNS) — The following is a capsule review of a movie recently reviewed by the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Gothic romance about a self-possessed high school student (Kristen Stewart) who moves to Washington state to live with her divorced father (Billy Burke) and falls for a mysterious classmate (Robert Pattinson) who turns out to be a vampire. Though set against a lush, misty background, director Catherine Hardwicke’s stylish screen version of Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling 2005 novel for young adults never takes itself too seriously, as the conflicted central relationship — restrained by the gentlemanly bloodsucker’s scruples — parodies both adolescent awkwardness and teenage yearning. Brief but intense action violence, a scene of mild sensuality, a few sexual references; acceptable for older teens. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.