Family watch: 'Thief' and 'Effects' OK for only age 15 and up

Published: Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 19TICKET

IDENTITY THIEF

Rating: R for sexual content and language

What it's about: Jason Bateman has his identity stolen by loose cannon and credit-card hijacker Melissa McCarthy.

The kid attractor factor: Adults behaving badly.

Good lessons, bad lessons: There's no such thing as a victimless crime.

Violence : Fights, shootings – a little blood.

Language: Melissa McCarthy is rated R, with or without a movie.

Sex: Yes, loud, crude and rude.

Drugs: Booze and pills.

Parents advisory: A comedy in the "Hangover" tradition – raunchy and violent. Suitable for 15 and up.


SIDE EFFECTS

Rating: R for sexuality, nudity, violence and language

What it's about : A depressed woman is medicated for her condition and commits a crime. Whose fault is it?

The kid attractor factor: Channing Tatum, and that woman (Rooney Mara) without a dragon tattoo this time out.

Good lessons, bad lessons: Doctors have more power over our lives than we know; don't believe TV prescription drug commercials.

Violence: Yes. With blood.

Language: Some profanity.

Sex: Yes, explicit.

Drugs: Alcohol and prescription drugs.

Parents advisory: Too adult and intense for anybody under 15. Take the R rating seriously.


WARM BODIES

Rating: PG-13 for zombie violence and some language

What it's about: A self-aware young zombie feels a stirring of humanity when he spies a gorgeous blonde.

The kid attractor factor: It's a zombie "Twilight," with a few more laughs.

Good lessons, bad lessons: Love is what makes us human.

Violence: Lots and lots – zombie shootings, brain-munching, etc.

Language: A scattering of teen-appropriate profanity.

Sex: None, but there is flirtation.

Drugs: None.

Parents advisory: It has zombie movie gore, but in light doses – OK for ages 10 and up.


BULLET TO THE HEAD

Rating: R for strong violence, bloody images, language, some nudity and brief drug use

What it's about: The kid attractor factor: Sly Stallone, Jason Momoa and a guy your parents once thought was cool – Christian Slater.

Good lessons, bad lessons: "Never trust anyone who doesn't care enough about money."

Violence: Explicit and plentiful. Language: Profane, comically so.

Sex: Gratuitous nudity.

Drugs: Cocaine and bourbon.

Parents advisory: An old-school buddy picture that's heavy on the violence, suitable for 15 and up.


Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers.

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