Family movie reviews for Feb. 14

By Roger Moore

McClatchy-Tribune News Service


Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, brief partial nudity, some language and teen partying

What it’s about: Boy meets rich girl, girl’s family tries to keep them apart, only heating up their passions in the process.

The kid attractor factor: Young love, young partying, young sex.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Embarrass yourself. It builds character.”

Violence: A few punches are thrown.

Language: Some profanity.

Sex: The PG-13 kind.

Drugs: Teens partying and getting high.

Parents’ advisory: Not the scorcher parents might remember from 30 years ago, this is softer edged, geared to younger teens — OK for 13-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for violence, bloody images, sexual content and language

What it’s about: Vampires battle to kill or save a vampire princess at a boarding school ... for vampires.

The kid attractor factor: Did I mention the teenage vampires?

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Better to ask forgiveness than ask permission.”

Violence: Quite a bit, and some folks scream bloody murder when they’re bitten on the neck.

Language: Some profanity

Sex: Flirted with, entertained as an idea.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Somewhat hot and heavy and violent for a PG-13, but suitable or 13-and-up.


Rating: PG for mild action and rude humor

What it’s about: The Lego Universe is threatened by Lord Business, who wants us all to “always follow the instructions” when assembling our Legos.

The kid attractor factor: Based on the popular toy, inspired by the assorted movie parodies made using those plastic building blocks.

Good lessons / bad lessons: Using your imagination while you play is a lot more important than following assembly instructions.

Violence: Lego-on-Lego violence.

Language: “Darn you darned darn darn it!”

Sex: Flirting between toys.

Drugs: What? No. None.

Parents’ advisory: The subversive nature of the story and dialogue will amuse parents, the inventive ways the toys are thrown together will tickle younger kids — OK for all ages.


Rating: PG-13 for some images of war violence and historical smoking

What it’s about: Museum directors and art historians join the Army and help track down art stolen by the Nazis during World War II.

The kid attractor factor: A war movie with Matt Damon, Bill Murray and other actors your parents’ age, over their heads in combat zones.

Good lessons / bad lessons: World War II was fought, at least in part, to save the heritage and art of Western civilization from the Nazis and the Communists.

Violence: Shootings, explosions, blood. This is WWII, after all.

Language: A few comically-placed profanities, some of them in French.

Sex: Mild flirtation.

Drugs: Cognac, wine and cigarettes. Lots of cigarettes.

Parents’ advisory: A reasonably entertaining history lesson, if you can drag the kids with you to see it — suitable for 13-and-up.


Rating: R for sexual content and language throughout

What it’s about: Young New Yorkers hook up and think about coupling up as they grow up.

The kid attractor factor: Zac Efron, Imogen Poots, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan are the stars.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Being there for someone, that’s all relationships are.”

Violence: A punch is thrown.

Language: Profanity, and lots of it.

Sex: Quite a bit, reasonably explicit, with graphic displays of sex toys.

Drugs: Mass quantities of alcohol are consumed.

Parents’ advisory: Entirely too sexual and alcohol-obsessed for anybody under 16, but if they’ve outgrown “High School Musical”...


Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense fantasy action and violence throughout

What it’s about: Dr. Frankenstein’s monster lives to the present day, where he gets mixed up with demons and angelic gargoyles.

The kid attractor factor: A monster movie with lots of swordplay and monstrous effects.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Each of us has a higher purpose.”

Violence: Lots and lots, but very little that’s bloody.

Language: Some profanity

Sex: None.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: As tame as any PG-13 horror movie you’ve ever seen, OK for 10-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence, sexual content and brief strong language

What it’s about: A seasoned cop takes a wannabe cop who is engaged to his sister on for a rough and tumble day of police work.

The kid attractor factor: Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, acting tough, talking tough and mixing it up.

Good lessons / bad lessons: Video games are great training for a gun fight.

Violence: Brawls, shootouts, a little blood here and there.

Language: The occasional f-bomb is dropped.

Sex: Discussed, flirted with, and there’s a trip to a strip club.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: A bit rough for a PG-13, but it is a comedy and the violence is often played for laughs, as troubling as that can be. OK for 13-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and intense action, and brief strong language

What it’s about: An idealistic, college-educated Marine is recruited to the C.I.A. and investigates a shady Russian plot to send America into a depression.

The kid attractor factor: Chris (“Capt. Kirk”) Pine as a secret agent, with Keira Knightley as his lady friend and lots of spy games for them to partake in.

Good lessons / bad lessons: There are a lot of ways for those who hate us to bring us low.

Violence: Shootings, combat sequences, a bloody and gruesome brawl.

Language: Momentary blasts of profanity.

Sex: None.

Drugs: Alcohol is consumed.

Parents’ advisory: Pretty tame, for a no-holds-barred spy thriller in the modern mold, OK for 12-and-up.


Rating: PG for mild action and rude humor

What it’s about: Wild animals of the city try to rob a nut shop in order to have food enough for the winter.

The kid attractor factor: Sassy squirrels, scary rats, inept robbers and a silly pug dog — talking and planning a caper.

Good lessons / bad lessons: No squirrel is an island — we all need the help and cooperation of others, from time to time.

Violence: Broad, cartoon slapstick stuff.

Language: Every “nut” joke you can imagine.

Sex: None.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: A cartoon in the “Looney Toons” tradition — silly, slapstick-heavy and best suited for 10-and-under.


Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense combat action and violence, and for some sensuality

What it’s about: Hercules is exiled by his father the king, only to learn who his TRUE dad (Zeus) is and plan his return to Greece.

The kid attractor factor: A Greek demi-god discovers his supernatural side, starring a “Twilight” hunk.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “History is but a chronicle of war.”

Violence: Yes, and lots of it, but with minimal blood.

Language: Mythically clean.

Sex: A bit of skin, a few make-out sessions.

Drugs: Barely even a drop of wine.

Parents’ advisory: An obscure corner of Greek mythology and the Hercules story that will confuse the very young and Greek myth literalists — OK for 10-and-up.


Rating: R for strong bloody war violence and pervasive language

What it’s about: A Navy SEALs team on a mission that goes terribly wrong.

The kid attractor factor: Action and bloodshed and lots of it.

Good lessons / bad lessons: Soldiers fight not just for a country and a cause, but for each other.

Violence: Almost constant

Language: Soldiers swear.

Sex: None.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Extremely violent true story, OK for 13-and-up but most suitable for 16-and-up.


Rating: R for pervasive language, some violence, graphic nudity and some drug use

What it’s about: Teenagers in Los Angeles battle demonic possession and try to master their new video camera as they do.

The kid attractor factor: More “Paranormal” goings on with things that go bump in the night.

Good lessons / bad lessons: Your old Simon (Says) toy can double as a Ouija board, if there are demons about.

Violence: A bit, here and there, nothing that graphic.

Language: Teenagers swear, especially those running from a demon.

Sex: Full nudity in a non-sexual situation, teens “hooking up.”

Drugs: Some.

Parents’ advisory: Jokey as it is, take the R-rating seriously. OK for mature 13 year olds, but intended for older teens — 16-and-up.


Rating: PG for some crude comments, language and action violence

What it’s about: A shy man who has always lived a more active fantasy life than a real one starts to act on those fantasies just as his job comes to an end.

The kid attractor factor: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig and lots of crazy risks, including swimming with sharks and climbing mountains.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “To see life, see the world.”

Violence: Moments of peril, played for laughs.

Language: A couple of off-color remarks.

Sex: Simple flirtation.

Drugs: Alcohol is used, to excess.

Parents’ advisory: A family friendly “seize life, live life” comedy, suitable for 8-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, and thematic elements)

What it’s about: Outcast samurai vow to avenge themselves on the ruler who caused the death of their master.

The kid attractor factor: Samurai swordplay, much of it by Keanu Reeves.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “When a crime goes unpunished, the world goes unbalanced.”

Violence: Lots and lots, with beheadings, stabbings and slashings. Not terribly bloody, for all that.

Language: Quite clean.

Sex: Forbidden love, a little kissing, a little lust.

Drugs: Potions and poisons only.


Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements including some unsettling images

What it’s about: P.L. Travers travels to Hollywood to oversee the filming of “Mary Poppins,” based on her book.

The kid attractor factor: Adults behaving rudely, and the testy process by which a movie of pure joy was concocted.

Good lessons / bad lessons: Happy stories are often written by very unhappy people as a way of coping.

Violence: None.

Language: Quite tame.

Sex: Not a hint.

Drugs: Walt was never far from a lit cigarette, and one character is a drunk.

Parents’ advisory: This tale of the making of “Mary Poppins” into a movie will be over the heads of the very young, but is entirely suitable for 10-and-up, especially if they’ve seen “Mary Poppins.”


Rating: PG-13 for sports action violence, sexual content and language

What it’s about: Two retired fighters are lured back into the ring for remuneration and revenge.

The kid attractor factor: Old guys making old guy jokes, taking swings at each other. And Kevin Hart.

Good lessons / bad lessons: You’re never too old to redeem yourself and repair the past.

Violence: It’s about boxing. So, yeah.

Language: A bit of profanity, here and there.

Sex: Infidelity is discussed; a little back-seat-of-the-Escalade action.

Drugs: Alcohol is consumed.

Parents’ advisory: Bloody, boozy, with a big bout in the finale, too adult for anybody under 10.


Rating: PG for creature action and peril, and mild rude humor

What it’s about: Dinosaurs talk, joke, migrate, fight and die in the late Cretaceous period.

The kid attractor factor: Dinosaurs, doing what dinosaurs did, joking around about it as they do.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Don’t die in vain.”

Violence: Yes, and characters die, the way real dinosaurs died.

Language: Dino poop and dino poop jokes.

Sex: Flirting, jokes about “head-butting season.”

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Packed with information about dinosaurs and dino behavior, kids old enough to read will get more out of it — suitable for 7-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for sexual references, crude humor and language

What it’s about: Madea goes to Alabama where she heals a broken relationship or two, teaches children “The Nativitease Story” and sets a racist straight.

The kid attractor factor: Madea, one angry cussing black woman.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “A lie. The longer you let it live, the harder it is to kill.”

Violence: A punch is thrown, bullying.

Language: Mild Madea profanity.

Sex: Viagra jokes and the like.

Drugs: White lightning is displayed, not consumed.

Parents’ advisory: The least edgy Madea movie, this one is OK for ages 10-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.

What it’s about: A hobbit and his dwarf companions battle a dragon as they seek to rescue an ancient treasure.

The kid attractor factor: Hobbits. And Elves. With plenty of dwarfs and a wizard and dragon for good measure.

Good lessons / bad lessons: The smallest among us can turn out to be the toughest and most cunning.

Violence: Quite a lot of stabbings, throat slashings and decapitations.

Language: A teensy hit of Middle Earth profanity.

Sex: A joke about “what’s in my trousers.”

Drugs: Drinking.

Parents’ advisory: The violence, fantastical and stylized, is a bit much, and it’s too long for the very young to sit through — OK for 10-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual content, drug use, language and comic violence.

What it’s about: Those 1970s blow-dried TV news dopes invent cable news and its obsession with celebrities and car chases in this ditzy sequel.

The kid attractor factor: Will Ferrell & Co., cutting up and cracking wise and pushing that PG-13 envelope.

Good lessons / bad lessons: News is supposed to be telling “people what they need to know,” not “giving them what they want to hear.”

Violence: Slapstick knees to the groin, etc.

Language: Salty ‘70s style swearing.

Sex: Discussed, grappled with comically.

Drugs: Joked about, used (to comic effect).

Parents’ advisory: Chances are, they’ve seen the video of the first film. Not exactly suitable for younger kids, but OK for 12-and-up.


Rating: PG for some action and mild rude humor

What it’s about: A princess tries to talk her troubled, enchanted sister into moving back home after an accident with ice.

The kid attractor factor: It’s a Disney princess cartoon musical.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Nobody wants to be alone” and “Only an act of true love can melt a frozen heart.

Violence: Fantasy violence, injuries.

Language: Disney clean.

Sex: Flirtation, swooning.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Adults may wish for more hummable tunes, but otherwise, suitable for all ages.


Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation and language

What it’s about: Katniss and Peeta face the pressures of celebrity while the government worries so much about their growing influence that it wants them dead.

The kid attractor factor: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, great futuristic costumes, an action-packed third act.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “There’s always a flaw in ‘the system.’”

Violence: Summary executions, whippings, stabbings and lots of blood.

Language: Future folk still curse, occasionally.

Sex: Kissing, oddly chaste spend-the-night-together scenes.

Drugs: Drinks, libations.

Parents’ advisory: Like the first film, a very violent action picture that pushes the boundaries of PG-13. Suitable for 13-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, some drug material, brief violence and language |

What it’s about: An irresponsible 40ish guy learns he’s been the sperm donor daddy to hundreds of kids, and decides to secretly involve himself in their lives.

The kid attractor factor: Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders and hijinks you don’t normally see in a broad, low comedy.

Good lessons / bad lessons: It’s never too late to grow up and become a decent parent.

Violence: A little slap around.

Language: More than a little profanity.

Sex: Mostly about its after-effects.

Drugs: Pot is grown, joked about.

Parents’ advisory: Might want to limit this one to kids old enough to know what “sperm donor” means — suitable for 13-and-up.


Rating: R for language, sexual content and brief nudity

What it’s about: Friends who once united for a wedding now gather for a reunion, 15 years later.

The kid attractor factor: Adults, flirting and feuding like they’re still in college.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “A setback is just a set-up for a comeback. “

Violence: A few brawls, one of them an epic, screeching cat fight.

Language: More than a little profanity.

Sex: Yes, modestly explicit.

Drugs: Marijuana, used recreationally and medicinally.

Parents’ advisory: Lots of good messages about friends looking out for one another through the years, in between the sex and pot use. Suitable for 15-and-up.


Rating: R for pervasive language, some strong sexual content, nudity and drug use

What it’s about: A rowdy Texas electrician gets AIDS and finds new purpose in life, finding foreign-approved drugs that might help him and those like him.

The kid attractor factor: Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, as you’ve never seen them before.

Good lessons / bad lessons: Irresponsible behavior has its consequences, and nothing focuses the mind like a fatal illness.

Violence: Fisticuffs

Language: Lots of profanity

Sex: Somewhat explicit

Drugs: Legal and illegal.

Parents’ advisory: A lighter, more entertaining rendition of a rough piece of history which older kids probably should learn about — OK for 16-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content |

What it’s about: Thor must battle Dark Elves who plan to use a dark force to end the nine worlds as they converge.

The kid attractor factor: Big blond dude with the hammer, beating up other big dudes. And Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings.

Good lessons / bad lessons: Sometimes, a little treason is justified to ensure the greater good.

Violence: Lots and lots — bashings, throat slashings, stabbings and shootings.

Language: A healthy scattering of profanity, much of it from Kat Dennings.

Sex: Shirtless Thor and the ladies who admire that.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Lighter-hearted than most comic book adaptations, suitable for 8-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language

What it’s about: An old man sailing alone around the world is confronted with his mortality after his sailboat starts to sink.

The kid attractor factor: Peril at sea, problem solving when you’re the only one you can count on to save yourself.

Good lessons / bad lessons: As long as there is life, hope is never lost.

Violence: A bloody injury, the threat of drowning.

Language: One epic and justified swear word.

Sex: Not a hint.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Young kids might find watching a movie with no dialogue a challenge, but this is certainly suitable for 10-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for some violence, sci-fi action and thematic material.

What it’s about: A gifted boy is singled out for leadership in a future when the young and the video-game savvy are our best warriors and our greatest military leaders.

The kid attractor factor: Kids, mastering training games, battling each other and bug-eyed aliens.

Good lessons / bad lessons: The killer instinct comes easily; compassion and empathy you grow into.

Violence: Bullying, fistfights, blood, a death.

Language: Pretty tame.

Sex: Not even flirtation.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Humorless, dark and brooding, this isn’t sci-fi for the very young. Suitable for 10-and-up, though.


Rating: PG for some action / peril and rude humor

What it’s about: Two turkeys travel back in time to change the menu at the first Thanksgiving.

The kid attractor factor: Animated turkeys, in 3-D, outsmarting colonists back then and Haz-Mat suited soldiers today.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “When you’re in a flock, you know you belong to something bigger.”

Violence: Nothing graphic, though the fate of turkeys during the holidays is revealed.

Language: Disney clean, even the “rude humor” bits.

Sex: Flirting turkeys, lots of discussion of the muscles in turkey butts.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Tame enough for the whole family, suitable for all ages.


Rating: R for strong crude and sexual content throughout, language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use.

What it’s about: Johnny Knoxville, in old age makeup, and a kid drive across country staging bad parenting / dirty old man pranks on the unsuspecting.

The kid attractor factor: Johnny Knoxville’s big, crude and sometimes painful pratfalls.

Good lessons / bad lessons: People who “get involved” in other people’s parenting get punked.

Violence: Slapstick stuff, threats.

Language: Profanity, some of it from a small boy.

Sex: Genital jokes and genital sight gags, a male stripper review.

Drugs: Crack jokes, alcohol is consumed, allegedly by the kid.

Parents’ advisory: Seriously subversive and sophomoric, too crude for the very young — OK for 13-and-up.


Rating: R for bloody violence, disturbing images, language and some sexual content.

What it’s about: The bullied daughter of a religious fanatic gets even at prom.

The kid attractor factor: It’s a high school revenge fantasy starring Chloe Grace Moretz.

Good lessons / bad lessons: Mend your bullying ways before it’s too late.

Violence: Yes, and quite bloody.

Language: Teenagers and teachers curse.

Sex: Some.

Drugs: Alcohol is discussed.

Parents’ advisory: Decidedly anti-bullying, it’s still the violent “Carrie” you remember from the ‘70s. OK for 15-and-up.


Rating: R for violence and language throughout

What it’s about: A security consultant and his new prison buddy try to figure out a way to escape from a new escape-proof prison.

The kid attractor factor: Action, and lots of it, starring guys old enough to be your grandfather.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Always have a Plan B.”

Violence: Stabbings, shootings, neck-snappings.

Language: In prison, there is profanity.

Sex: Not in this prison.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Too violent for young children, but far more responsible than your average “Expendables” or “Last Man Standing.” OK for 13-and-up.


Rating: R for language and some violence

What it’s about: A young computer hacker is enlisted to join Julian Assange’s crusade to end government and big business secrecy on the Internet.

The kid attractor factor: Hacker intrigues, online crisis management, and Benedict Cumberbatch

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Give a man a mask and he will tell you the truth.”

Violence: More implied than overt.

Language: Profanity.

Sex: Nothing graphic, but famous online freedom of speech crusaders do hook up, occasionally.

Drugs: Alcohol is consumed at parties.

Parents’ advisory: If they’re old enough to recognize the international anarchist’s symbol, they should understand this. Suitable for 15-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for some violence and thematic elements

What it’s about: The greatest star-crossed romance of them all.

The kid attractor factor: Young people, played by Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth, getting all hot and bothered.

Good lessons / bad lessons: To paraphrase Andy Griffith, unless you want the expense of a double funeral, spring for a cheap wedding when young love rears its head.

Violence: Bloody sword fights, brawls and poisonings.

Language: Shakespearean put downs

Sex: Suggested, not nearly as hot and bothered as you’d expect.

Drugs: Wine, poisons

Parents’ advisory: A bit younger and a tad more violent than most adaptations, suitable for 13-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use

What it’s about: A cargo ship’s captain and crew battles hijackers off the Somali coast.

The kid attractor factor: A true story action picture about crazed young men with guns and the unarmed merchant sailors who try to outsmart them.

Good lessons / bad lessons: Solving problems with violence only begets more violence.

Violence: Shootings, a stabbing, blood.

Language. Only in the subtitles.

Sex: Not a hint.

Drugs: Cigarettes and the Somali narcotic leaf “khat” are consumed.

Parents’ advisory: A bit long and too violent for younger viewers, suitable for 12-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language

What it’s about: An accident during a spacewalk strands two astronauts in orbit.

The kid attractor factor: Science fiction that isn’t far beyond the realm of the possible, the realistic terrors of space.

Good lessons / bad lessons: Don’t give up, because “There’s always something you can do.”

Violence: Deaths, corpses in zero gravity

Language: People under duress curse. On Earth or in space.

Sex: None, though Sandra Bullock has a “suit up” moment.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Entirely too intense for younger children, entirely suitable for 10-and-up.


Rating: R for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use

What it’s about: Formula One racing rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda battle on and off the track in the swinging ‘70s.

The kid attractor factor: Fast cars, one of them driven by Thor (Chris Hemsworth).

Good lessons / bad lessons: “A wise man gets more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.”

Violence: High speed crashes, grisly after-effects.

Language: Some profanity.

Sex: Olivia Wilde plays James Hunt’s girlfriend, so guess.

Drugs: It was the ‘70s, so yes.

Parents’ advisory: If they’re old enough to be into cars and the opposite sex, they might enjoy this period piece. Suitable for 13-and-up.


Rating: PG for mild rude humor

What it’s about: The weather machine starts turning out living, feeding dinner course critters in this sequel.

The kid attractor factor: It’s a 3-D animated sequel to the surprise hit of a couple of years back.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “A bully turned friend will be friend to the end.”

Violence: Slapstick, cartoonish, involving omnivorous foodstuffs and robot-suited “Sentinels of Safety.”

Language: “Oh, crab-balls,” fart jokes and the like.

Parents’ advisory: Suitable for all ages.


Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and some language

What it’s about: A young woman revisits her ex-boyfriends to see which one has the most promise as a potential date / mate for her sister’s wedding.

The kid attractor factor: Airline travel jokes, romantic mishaps, Paula Patton and assorted good-looking men as her suitors.

Good lessons / bad lessons: You don’t need a mate to be complete, and you can’t hurry love.

Violence: The threat of a slap-fight, here and there.

Language: Some mild profanity

Sex: Hinted at, with infidelity tossed into the mix.

Drugs: Alcohol is consumed in romantic settings.

Parents’ advisory: More retro than risque in its attitudes towards marriage, romance and finding a suitable mate, suitable for 13-and-older.


Rating: PG-13 for language and some rude behavior

What it’s about: A team of B-Boys (break dancers) is assembled to battle the world’s best and coached by a guy who no longer dances.

The kid attractor factor: Dancing hotties of the male (and one female) persuasion.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Change how you think, change your life.”

Violence: Fisticuffs.

Language. B-Boy profanity

Sex: No, though the consequences of having babies too young comes up.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Clean enough for teens and tweens, suitable for 12-and-up.


Rating: R for violence, language and brief sexuality

What it’s about: A mob family in the witness protection program wreaks havoc in a small French town.

The kid attractor factor: Funny / violent mobsters and mob teens, including that hot blonde from “Glee!” (Dianna Agron).

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Asking politely with a gun in your hand is better than asking politely with nothing.”

Violence: Graphic, sometimes grisly, excessive.

Language: Lots of mob-friendly profanity.

Sex: Yes, fairly explicit, too.

Drugs: Yes, prescription drug abuse is implied, with booze and cigarettes too.

Parents’ advisory: Incredibly violent, with mortal violence played for laughs. Take the R rating seriously, suitable for 16-and-up.


Rating: R for strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity

What it’s about: Everybody’s favorite night-blind spree killer of the future returns to the planet where it all began.

The kid attractor factor: Vin Diesel, narrating, killing, befriending a digital alien dog.

Good lessons/bad lessons: It’s never too late to revive a sci-fi franchise that made you rich.

Violence: Plentiful, graphic.

Language: Some profanity.

Sex: Nudity, flirtation.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: The tone is a bit juvenile, especially the sexual stuff, but the violence is quite gory. OK for 15-and-up.


Rating: R for pervasive language including sexual references.

What it’s about: A group of former friends in their 40s re-unite to recreate an epic “crawl” through the pubs of the small British town where they grew up. But something’s changed.

The kid attractor factor: It’s a science fiction-action comedy featuring the lads who made the zombie romp “Shaun of the Dead.”

Good lessons / bad lessons: Our bad decisions, temperamental testiness and abuse of alcohol are what make us human. Or at least British.

Violence: Sci-fi action, peril, deaths — mostly played for laughs.

Language: Blistering blasts of blotto Brit profanity

Sex: None.

Drugs: Pot is purchased, alcohol is consumed — pretty much constantly.

Parents’ advisory: The mass consumption of beer should give any parent pause. Take the R-rating and the “suitable for 17-and-up” warning seriously.

Sex: None.

Drugs: Martinis are downed, olives are devoured

Parents’ advisory: You may have to take the car keys away from older teens after this one, but still suitable for 10-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action, and some suggestive content

What it’s about: A teenager learns her genetic destiny — as a descendant of a family that defends the world from demons.

The kid attractor factor: Lily Collins starring in the first of Cassandra Clare’s fantasy novels to hit the screen.

Good lessons/bad lessons: “To love is to destroy.”

Violence: Quite a lot of it, some of it bloody.

Language: A teensy bit of profanity.

Sex: Flirting, jokes about character’s homosexual or bisexual tendencies.

Drugs: Alcohol is sipped.

Parents’ advisory: If they’re old enough for the books, they’re old enough for the movie. OK for 12-and-up.