LIFE OF PI (2012)
We might be venturing into iffy waters again, but there’s a big chunk of Ang Lee’s magical realist tale that sure seems like it’s got YA appeal: youth lost at sea, struggling to survive, facing a circumstance so impossible that he’s even sharing his lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. If you do some judicious chapter skipping at the adult-oriented start and finish, and possibly when the animal violence gets too intense for squeamish viewers, this one just might fly. Or, to play it safer, consider another aquatic odyssey: the aspiring teen surfer drama “Chasing Mavericks,” from YA production house Walden Media. (Fox, prices vary)
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