lots of vices / awsome characters / solid values
At the surface level, Porco Rosso should be a horrible kids movie: lawlessness, smoking, drinking, fist fights, etc. However, the movie has solid, if not transendent bones. The lead character, a world war one fighting ace pilot, as a rule, won't kill -- even if it means he might get killed; even though it'd be easy path and is tempted, he won't join the facist government; yes, he's a bounty hunter, but, it takes mentioning kidnapping of children to actually motivate him. The secondary characters are both strong female roles: a young engineer with guts who confronts Porco on his prejudice, and, the owner of the tavern where the pirates hang out. The protagonist is pictured as simply shallow and self-centered, not as pure evil; and, even in the end, he joins with Porco to fight the fascists. The sea-plane pirates are depicted as crude, but, still capable of redemption. I don't think you have to be old to appreciate the plot -- and, the abundant smoking/drinking creates a lovely opportunity for discussion.