"True Grit" is the equivalent of the action-adventure family film as told through the Coens' trademark lens of black humor and occasional bursts of violence. In other words, it's like Little House on the Prairie took a detour through No Country for Old Men. The little girl, played by Hailee Steinfeld, is perfect in her role as a 14-year-old daughter who grew up to fast in the wake of her father's murder. Matt Damon is just as brilliant as the Texas Ranger she teams up with to catch the murderer. Rounding out the cast is Jeff Bridges, who is pretty entertaining as Rooster Cogburn, though his dialogue seemed to get pretty garbled and unintelligible in parts. Content-wise, there are some graphic images I wouldn't recommend kids see: we see a man gets four of his fingers chopped off, a man get stabbed in the heart, a dead man get his eye eaten out by a bird, a man shot point blank in the face while his blood splatters on the adjacent wall. There's also a bit of tobacco use, and mild language. I definitely think that this is a good film, perhaps not the Coens' best, but always worth checking out instead of Little Fockers or Gulliver's Travels. I think twelve year olds will be able to handle it, and I urge them along with anyone older to go see it. It's not the boring Western you think it is.