Family Watch: 'Last Stand,' 'Hansel & Gretel' too violent for youngsters

Published: Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 22TICKET

HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS

Rating: R for strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality, nudity and language What it's about: As adults, Hansel and Gretel have parlayed their witch-killing skills into a lucrative business.

The kid attractor factor: Witches exploding, catching fire and losing their heads thanks to the efforts of Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner.

Good lessons, bad lessons: Sibling rivalry's one thing, but when the chips are down and a witch is about to eat you, blood is thicker than water.

Violence: Loads and loads – graphic, some of it.

Language: A scattering of f-bombs.

Sex: Nudity and skinny-dipping.

Drugs: Ale is consumed.

Parents advisory: Too childish for adults, too deserving of an R-rating for kids – OK for 13-16 year olds.


THE LAST STAND

Rating: R for strong bloody violence throughout, and language

What it's about: An escaped drug lord tries to cross the border in a small Arizona town – and only an over-armed sheriff and his pals can stop them.

The kid attractor factor: An old-fashioned shoot-em-up, with wisecracks, catchphrases and sidekicks (Johnny Knoxville) and all manner of ordinance.

Good lessons, bad lessons: "Death doesn't come when you expect it."

Violence: Almost constant, though it does have consequences once or twice.

Language: Plenty of profanity.

Sex: None, but a little flirting here and there.

Drugs: None present, but they are the reason for the violence.

Parents advisory: The constant bloody gunplay – emphasis on "play" – makes this unsuitable to anybody under 16.


MAMA

Rating: PG-13, for violence and terror, some disturbing images and thematic elements

What it's about: A young couple take in two children, raised in the wild. But raised by what?

The kid attractor factor: Kids in jeopardy, ghosts.

Good lessons, bad lessons: "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof."

Violence: Yes, right on the edge of graphic.

Language: A hint of profanity, but some of it quite harsh.

Sex: Kissing.

Drugs: Suggested.

Parents advisory: A genuinely creepy ghost story, entirely too adult and intense for the very young. Suitable for 12-and-up.

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