Family Watch: ‘Family’ earns R rating for graphic violence

Published: Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013 - 12:00 am

THE FAMILY

Rating: R for violence, language and brief sexuality

What it’s about: A mob family in the witness protection program wreaks havoc in a small French town.

The kid attractor factor: Funny/violent mobsters and mob teens, including that hot blonde from “Glee!” (Dianna Agron).

Good lessons/ bad lessons: “Asking politely with a gun in your hand is better than asking politely with nothing.”

Violence: Graphic, sometimes grisly, excessive.

Language: Lots of mob-friendly profanity.

Sex: Yes, fairly explicit, too.

Drugs: Yes, prescription drug abuse is implied, with booze and cigarettes too.

Parents’ advisory: Incredibly violent, with mortal violence played for laughs. Take the R rating seriously, suitable for 16-and-up.

RIDDICK

Rating: R for strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity

What it’s about: Everybody’s favorite night-blind spree killer of the future returns to the planet where it all began.

The kid attractor factor: Vin Diesel, narrating, killing, befriending a digital alien dog.

Good lessons/bad lessons: It’s never too late to revive a sci-fi franchise that made you rich.

Violence: Plentiful, graphic.

Language: Some profanity.

Sex: Nudity, flirtation.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: The tone is a bit juvenile, especially the sexual stuff, but the violence is quite gory. OK for 15-and-up.

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