Tale of star-crossed lovers appropriate for teens

Published: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 - 12:00 am

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

ROMEO AND JULIET

Rating: PG-13 for some violence and thematic elements

What it’s about: The greatest star-crossed romance of them all.

The kid attractor factor: Young people, played by Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth, getting all hot and bothered.

Good lessons / bad lessons: To paraphrase Andy Griffith, unless you want the expense of a double funeral, spring for a cheap wedding when young love rears its head.

Violence: Bloody sword fights, brawls and poisonings.

Language: Shakespearean put downs

Sex: Suggested, not nearly as hot and bothered as you’d expect.

Drugs: Wine, poisons

Parents’ advisory: A bit younger and a tad more violent than most adaptations, suitable for 13-and-up.

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

Rating: PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use

What it’s about: A cargo ship’s captain and crew battles hijackers off the Somali coast.

The kid attractor factor: A true story action picture about crazed young men with guns and the unarmed merchant sailors who try to outsmart them.

Good lessons / bad lessons: Solving problems with violence only begets more violence.

Violence: Shootings, a stabbing, blood.

Language. Only in the subtitles.

Sex: Not a hint.

Drugs: Cigarettes and the Somali narcotic leaf “khat” are consumed.

Parents’ advisory: A bit long and too violent for younger viewers, suitable for 12-and-up.

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