Slightly steamy, funny with an impeccable literary pedigree
Anything by Steve Martin is probably a good bet, but this tale of a small town fire chief, his haplessly inept team, and his rivalry with a younger but much dumber stud for a beautiful neighbor is particularly appealing. And what better way to introduce your kids to the classic Cyrano De Bergerac? Admittedly it lacks the bittersweet romance of the source material; on the other hand everyone gets the happy ending they deserve without dying on a battlefield. Some concerns: although Martin's C.D. is far less mindlessly violent than the original character, he takes a bit too much glee in punching out his opponent for my taste. Roxanne is supposed to be an astrophysicist, yet we don't see much evidence of this (she occasionally dons spectacles to look smart and she needs help lugging around a telescope, but that's it).
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking