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  • new study: A good man is hard to find - even in G-rated films

    Posted 5/2/2006 11:42 PM ET

    By Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
    'Commander in Chief' star Geena Davis
    sponsored the USC study.

    By Greg Toppo, USA TODAY

    Moviemom, she reviews children's movies for and writes a column on family and media issues for the Chicago Tribune. Minow says many kids' movies offer up tough, smart girls. In the forthcoming movie Hoot, she says, two boys and a girl "are equally involved and very strong and reliable and tough in fighting the environmental bad guys."
    Though it's important to get kids to challenge what they see on screen, Minow says, the study "overplays the issue."
    "It's very, very important for parents to talk to kids about whatever they see and make sure that they develop the critical faculties," she says. But some movies that might not fare well under the USC study, such as Disney's 1950 Cinderella, are still valuable.
    "We don't throw out Cinderella because our views of women have changed since Cinderella was originally written," Minow says. "We say to the kids, 'Now, did Cinderella have other options? Could she have maybe said "No" to the stepmother? Could she have left?' You want to have those conversations with kids all the time."
    The new study is the researchers' second to deconstruct the 101 top-grossing G-rated films from 1990 to 2004. The first, out in February, found that female roles are rare and movies with gender-balanced casts are exceedingly rare.
    The research is sponsored by actress Geena Davis, who won a Golden Globe for the TV show Commander in Chief
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