Family watch: 'Oblivion' plays well with teens

Published: Friday, Apr. 26, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 19TICKET
Last Modified: Monday, May. 6, 2013 - 2:32 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.

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: R for bloody violence, crude sexual content, nudity, language throughout and drug use.

What it's about: Dimwitted bodybuilders turn to a life of crime in 1990s Miami.

The kid attractor factor: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie – pumped up to the point of idiocy.

Good lessons, bad lessons: "Believe you deserve it and the universe will serve it."

Violence: Graphic and gruesome, when it comes.

Language: Profane in the extreme.

Sex: Yes, with nudity, comical innuendo, sex toys and homophobia.

Drugs: Cocaine, among other vices.

Parents advisory: Entirely too violent and drug-spattered for anybody under 15.

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