NOT FOR PRETEENS Serious issues about children with a life-threatening genetic disease and scenes showing them struggling to breathe or going into cardiac arrest, while not graphic, could make this already lumbering docudrama heavy going, even for teens. Still, it may intrigue those interested in science or medicine. The story is probably too complex, disjointed and sad for preteens. Despite the PG rating, there is a lot of barnyard profanity and other epithets, plus a nongraphic, but strongly implied marital sexual situation and beer-drinking. Extraordinary Measures dramatizes the real-life labors of John Crowley (Brendan Fraser) to fund research to save two of his three children who suffer from a rare genetic disorder, Pompe Disease -- a cousin of muscular dystrophy that could prove fatal by age 9. John and Aileen (Keri Russell) Crowley's afflicted kids, Megan (Meredith Droeger) and Patrick (Diego Velazquez) need wheelchairs and breathing assistance. Desperate for the pharmaceutical industry to develop a treatment, John quits his executive job to partner with a cantankerous academic researcher (Harrison Ford as a composite character). They join, not always comfortably, with a big pharmaceutical company. The ending is hopeful and happy.
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