Family watch: PG-13ers can choose from scary or sci-fi

Published: Friday, Apr. 19, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 18TICKET
Last Modified: Monday, May. 6, 2013 - 12:06 pm

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


Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, brief strong language, and some sensuality/nudity What it's about: A technician overseeing the ruins of Earth starts to wonder if this world is as doomed as he's been told it is.

The kid attractor factor: Science fiction, cool spaceships and gadgets, and loud, insistent action.

Good lessons, bad lessons:"If we have souls, they are made of the love we share."

Violence: Quite a bit, some of it bloody.

Language: Some scattered profanity.

Sex: Skinny dipping, and all its temptations.

Drugs: A cigar is smoked.

Parents advisory: Plot twists may elude the very young, but the violence and sensuality are PG-13 mild. Suitable for 12-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language, some drug material, partial nudity, comic violence and gore

What it's about: Sketch parodies based on the current crop of horror films.

The kid attractor factor: Ashley "Sharpay" Tisdale, fleeing all manner of "Paranormal Activity."

Good lessons, bad lessons: There's no movie so frightening that it cannot be parodied and mocked to death.

Violence: Yes, with a smidgen of gore.

Language: Profanity, though not much of it.

Sex: Simulated for comic effect.

Drugs: Pot is consumed.

Parents advisory: As juvenile as these movies are, they're still a bit rough for 12-and-unders.

Take the PG-13 seriously.

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