My son loved this action-packed movie, and I also cheered, though not always for the same reasons. How often do you see a movie that glamorizes nurturing as a heroic act? Not very often. All right, how often do you see a movie that celebrates nurturing in *boys*? Even less. Well, parents of boys, here's the movie to show your son that it can be cool to be kind. Hiccup -- a sort of nerd hero with a disarming sense of humor -- shows tremendous courage not by killing dragon but by taking the risk to make friends with one -- risking both social rejection if his friends find out, and death if the dragon misunderstands his gesture. You've probably heard by now how exciting the fight scenes are, especially in 3D. But there are also great character development scenes with the boy and dragon. This is also a great movie for people who love animals, because Hiccup essentially acts like an animal trainer, reading the dragon's body language and learning to send the right signals with his own gestures. How to Train Your Dragon also has positive portrayals of characters with disabilities. It's heart-warming, funny, and yes, full of exciting action. Some kids may find it a bit scary -- you have to know your kid's tolerance for scenes where the characters are in danger. Nobody dies, so you can safely tell them not to fear.