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9. "42," $1.6 million.

Family watch: '42' is family friendly; 'Jurassic' maybe not

Published: Friday, Apr. 12, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 20TICKET
Last Modified: Tuesday, May. 28, 2013 - 9:08 am

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


Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements including language What it's about: Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey plan for the day Jackie will become the first modern African American major leaguer.

The kid-attractor factor: Baseball history, in cinematic form

Good lessons/bad lessons: Sometimes, bravery takes the form of restraint.

Violence: Threatened

Language: Some profanity, racial slurs. These are pro ballplayers, after all.

Sex: A bit of innuendo


Parents' advisory: A family-friendly baseball biography, this is perfectly suitable for ages 10 and up


Rating: PG-13 for intense science fiction terror

What it's about: Dinosaurs are brought back to life, and they turn predictably unpredictable, chasing and chewing on humans.

The kid-attractor factor: See above.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "God creates dinosaurs; God destroys dinosaurs; God creates man; man destroys God; man creates dinosaurs."

Violence: Yes, though not graphic

Language: Just a little profanity, not bad considering the mayhem unleashed on the hapless humans.

Sex: None, though there is flirting.

Drugs: None

Parents' advisory: This is pretty intense as a big-screen experience, in 3-D and surround sound, entirely too scary for the very young – suitable for 10-and-up.

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