There's no waiting around for a prince's kiss in this exciting adventure about a brave Scottish lass named Merida (Kelly Macdonald). She rides a horse faster than anyone in the kingdom, can shoot a bow and arrow better than Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, and has a mass of unruly red hair as distinctive as Rapunzel's (although not as long). Like most teenagers, Merida constantly argues with her old-fashioned mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), who demands that her daughter act like a proper princess ("A lady does not place her weapons on the table, dear."). The Queen insists that Merida follow Scottish tradition and marry one of the first-born sons in the land. Merida defies her mother's wishes, wins her own archery competition (the suitors were pretty pitiful anyway), and storms off into the forest in search of a way to control her own fate. Mystical blue spirits called willo the wisps lead Merida to a crafty old wood-carving witch who casts a spell to change her mother so that Merida won't have to marry. But the spell goes horribly wrong for Merida (as spells often do)! Queen Elinor is transformed into a giant bear. Watching the Queen try to maintain her royal manners as a big, hairy beast is quite funny! Merida may have gotten her wish (sort of), but when her father, King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and the rest of rowdy men in the clans start to hunt her mother down, Merida knows she must find a way to repair the bonds that have ripped her kingdom apart before the witch's spell becomes permanent. Plenty of drama (a royal food fight, anyone?), humor (three red-haired princes pull pranks on everyone in the kingdom), and magic make Brave an entertaining movie for families to watch. Like Tiana in the Disney movie The Princess and the Frog, Merida isn't a pushover passively waiting for a prince to change her fate (sorry Sleeping Beauty!). Note to parents: some parts of the movie, like the bear in the forest, may be a bit scary for very small children. There's also a bit of naughty humor (bare Scottish bums, to be exact) that helped give this movie a PG-13 rating.