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6. “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” $3.6 million ($10.2 million international).

Family watch: Two films that kids will likely want to see

Published: Friday, Mar. 29, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 18TICKET
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 29, 2013 - 11:48 am

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


THE HOST

Rating: PG-13 for some sensuality and violence

What it's about: Aliens take over human bodies, but one human "host" mind survives this invasion.

The kid-attractor factor: Aliens, humans fighting them and young people in love, written by the author of "Twilight."

Good lessons/bad lessons: An orderly, safe world without free will is not worth living in.

Violence: Yes, including suicide

Language: Mild profanity

Sex: As sexual as the first "Twilight"

Drugs: None

Parents' advisory: There's more to chew on than necks in this "Twilight of the Body Snatchers," but it's chaste enough to be suitable for 12-and-up.


G.I. JOE: RETALIATION

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of combat violence and martial arts action throughout, and for brief sensuality and language

What it's about: An elite commando unit is betrayed and tracks down those who killed its comrades.

The kid-attractor factor: Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, RZA and a lot of explosions, fights, chases, gadgets and masked villains.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Everybody wants to rule the world."

Violence: Constant, lots of deaths, little blood

Language: Quite clean

Sex: A little cleavage, some dressing and undressing

Drugs: None at all

Parents' advisory: More violent than the "Transformers" movies, but just as cartoonish. OK for 13-and-up.

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