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Isabelle Lightwood (Jemina West), Alec Lightwood (Kevin Zegers), Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower) in Screen Gems’ “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.”

Family Watch: ‘Mortal Instruments’ is OK for 12 and up

Published: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 - 6:29 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 2, 2013 - 3:22 pm


Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action, and some suggestive content

What it’s about: A teenager learns her genetic destiny – as a descendant of a family that defends the world from demons.

The kid-attractor factor: Lily Collins starring in the first of Cassandra Clare’s fantasy novels to hit the screen.

Good lessons/bad lessons: “To love is to destroy.”

Violence: Quite a lot of it, some of it bloody

Language: A teensy bit of profanity

Sex: Flirting, jokes about character’s homosexual or bisexual tendencies

Drugs: Alcohol is sipped.

Parents’ advisory: If they’re old enough for the books, they’re old enough for the movie. OK for 12 and up


Rating: PG-13 for some sexuality, violence and language

What it’s about: A young tech nerd finds himself the object of a deadly tug of war between two cellphone moguls.

The kid-attractor factor: Liam “Hunger Games” Hemsworth chasing Amber Heard and trying to outsmart Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman.

Good lessons/bad lessons: “You have to fit in to get in.”

Violence: Yes, a little blood

Language: Some profanity

Sex: Suggested

Drugs: An epic bar tab is run up.

Parents’ advisory: Adult in tone and pacing, which suggests that kids under 13 will be bored. OK for 14-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for some violence and disturbing images, language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking

What it’s about: An American civil rights history lesson, seen through the eyes of one black man and his family.

The kid-attractor factor: Chances are you’re going to be quizzed on this later.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Persistent, peaceful protest is the way long-term change comes about.

Violence: Historical footage of police assaults on protesters, hate crimes

Language: Some profanity

Sex: Flirted with

Drugs: Alcohol is abused, cigarettes consumed

Parents’ advisory: Though much of it is history kids don’t know – from segregation to the Black Panthers to the end of apartheid in South Africa – this is suitable for ages 12-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for some drug content and brief strong language

What it’s about: Steve Jobs co-founds Apple, is fired from Apple, and comes back to turn it into one of the most valuable companies on Earth.

The kid-attractor factor: Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad teach us the history of personal computers, iPods, etc.

Good lessons/bad lessons: You don’t need to go to college to succeed, and having high standards about what you sell to consumers pays off.

Violence: None

Language: Some profanity

Sex: Discussed.

Drugs: Some pot use

Parents’ advisory: If they’re old enough to have an iPod, iPhone or iPad, they might be interested in the driven people who developed them – suitable for 13-and-up.


Rating: PG for some mild action and rude humor

What it’s about: Aircraft that talk, flirt and make wisecracks.

The kid-attractor factor: It’s a Disney film set in Pixar’s “Cars” universe.

Good lessons/bad lessons: You can be more than you were designed to be.

Violence: A World War II re-creation sequence; nothing graphic

Language: Disney clean

Sex: A little Latin lover flirtation

Drugs: None

Parents’ advisory: A toy commercial aimed at the very young, suitable for all ages.

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