Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
THE WORLD’S END
Rating: R for pervasive language including sexual references.
What it’s about: A group of former friends in their 40s re-unite to recreate an epic “crawl” through the pubs of the small British town where they grew up. But something’s changed.
The kid attractor factor: It’s a science fiction-action comedy featuring the lads who made the zombie romp “Shaun of the Dead.”
Good lessons / bad lessons: Our bad decisions, temperamental testiness and abuse of alcohol are what make us human. Or at least British.
Violence: Sci-fi action, peril, deaths – mostly played for laughs.
Language: Blistering blasts of blotto Brit profanity
Drugs: Pot is purchased, alcohol is consumed – pretty much constantly.
Parents’ advisory: The mass consumption of beer should give any parent pause. Take the R-rating and the “suitable for 17-and-up” warning seriously.
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES
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.