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.
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.