Francois Duhamel

Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) shows off Disneyland to “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) in Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks.”

Family Watch: ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ over the heads of little ones

Published: Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 - 5:19 pm

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


Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements including some unsettling images

What it’s about: P.L. Travers travels to Hollywood to oversee the filming of “Mary Poppins,” based on her book.

The kid attractor factor: Adults behaving rudely, and the testy process by which a movie of pure joy was concocted.

Good lessons / bad lessons: Happy stories are often written by very unhappy people as a way of coping.

Violence: None.

Language: Quite tame.

Sex: Not a hint.

Drugs: Walt was never far from a lit cigarette, and one character is a drunk.

Parents’ advisory: This tale of the making of “Mary Poppins” into a movie will be over the heads of the very young, but is entirely suitable for 10-and-up, especially if they’ve seen “Mary Poppins.”


Rating: PG-13 for sports action violence, sexual content and language

What it’s about: Two retired fighters are lured back into the ring for remuneration and revenge.

The kid attractor factor: Old guys making old guy jokes, taking swings at each other. And Kevin Hart.

Good lessons / bad lessons: You’re never too old to redeem yourself and repair the past.

Violence: It’s about boxing. So, yeah.

Language: A bit of profanity, here and there.

Sex: Infidelity is discussed; a little back-seat-of-the-Escalade action.

Drugs: Alcohol is consumed.

Parents’ advisory: Bloody, boozy, with a big bout in the finale, too adult for anybody under 10.

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