Jay Maidment

Chris Hemsworth stars in “Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World.” There’s treason in the film, but perhaps it’s the good kind.

Family Watch: ‘The Best Man Holiday’ ‘The Dallas Buyers Club’

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 - 2:18 pm

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


Rating: R for language, sexual content and brief nudity.

What it’s about: Friends who once united for a wedding now gather for a reunion, 15 years later.

The kid attractor factor: Adults, flirting and feuding like they’re still in college.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “A setback is just a set-up for a comeback.”

Violence: A few brawls, one of them an epic, screeching cat fight.

Language: More than a little profanity.

Sex: Yes, modestly explicit.

Drugs: Marijuana, used recreationally and medicinally.

Parents’ advisory: Lots of good messages about friends looking out for one another through the years, in between the sex and pot use. Suitable for 15-and-up.


Rating: R for pervasive language, some strong sexual content, nudity and drug use.

What it’s about: A rowdy Texas electrician gets AIDS and finds new purpose in life, finding foreign-approved drugs that might help him and those like him.

The kid attractor factor: Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, as you’ve never seen them before.

Good lessons / bad lessons: Irresponsible behavior has its consequences, and nothing focuses the mind like a fatal illness.

Violence: Fisticuffs.

Language: Lots of profanity.

Sex: Somewhat explicit.

Drugs: Legal and illegal.

Parents’ advisory: A lighter, more entertaining rendition of a rough piece of history that older kids probably should learn about – OK for 16-and-up.


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

What it’s about: Thor must battle Dark Elves who plan to use a dark force to end the nine worlds as they converge.

The kid attractor factor: Big blond dude with the hammer, beating up other big dudes. And Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings.

Good lessons / bad lessons: Sometimes, a little treason is justified to ensure the greater good.

Violence: Lots and lots – bashings, throat slashings, stabbings and shootings.

Language: A healthy scattering of profanity, much of it from Kat Dennings.

Sex: Shirtless Thor and the ladies who admire that.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Lighter-hearted than most comic book adaptations, suitable for 8-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language.

What it’s about: An old man sailing alone around the world is confronted with his mortality after his sailboat starts to sink.

The kid attractor factor: Peril at sea, problem solving when you’re the only one you can count on to save yourself.

Good lessons / bad lessons: As long as there is life, hope is never lost.

Violence: A bloody injury, the threat of drowning.

Language: One epic and justified swear word.

Sex: Not a hint.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Young kids might find watching a movie with no dialogue a challenge, but this is certainly suitable for 10-and-up

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