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Family Watch: ‘Dinosaurs’

Published: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 - 5:45 pm

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS

Rating: PG for creature action and peril, and mild rude humor

What it’s about: Dinosaurs talk, joke, migrate, fight and die in the late Cretaceous period.

The kid attractor factor: Dinosaurs, doing what dinosaurs did, joking around about it as they do.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Don’t die in vain.”

Violence: Yes, and characters die, the way real dinosaurs died.

Language: Dino poop and dino poop jokes.

Sex: Flirting, jokes about “head-butting season.”

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Packed with information about dinosaurs and dino behavior, kids old enough to read will get more out of it – suitable for 7-and-up.

 

TYLER PERRY’S A MADEA CHRISTMAS

Rating: PG-13 for sexual references, crude humor and language

What it’s about: Madea goes to Alabama where she heals a broken relationship or two, teaches children “The Nativitease Story” and sets a racist straight.

The kid attractor factor: Madea, one angry cussing black woman.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “A lie. The longer you let it live, the harder it is to kill.”

Violence: A punch is thrown, bullying.

Language: Mild Madea profanity.

Sex: Viagra jokes and the like.

Drugs: White lightning is displayed, not consumed.

Parents’ advisory: The least edgy Madea movie, this one is OK for ages 10-and-up.

 

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

Rating: PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.

What it’s about: A hobbit and his dwarf companions battle a dragon as they seek to rescue an ancient treasure.

The kid attractor factor: Hobbits. And Elves. With plenty of dwarfs and a wizard and dragon for good measure.

Good lessons / bad lessons: The smallest among us can turn out to be the toughest and most cunning.

Violence: Quite a lot of stabbings, throat slashings and decapitations.

Language: A teensy hit of Middle-Earth profanity.

Sex: A joke about “what’s in my trousers.”

Drugs: Drinking.

Parents’ advisory: The violence, fantastical and stylized, is a bit much, and it’s too long for the very young to sit through – OK for 10-and-up.

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