Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers.
THE NUT JOB
Rating: PG for mild action and rude humor
What it’s about: Wild animals of the city try to rob a nut shop in order to have food enough for the winter.
The kid attractor factor: Sassy squirrels, scary rats, inept robbers and a silly pug dog – talking and planning a caper.
Good lessons / bad lessons: No squirrel is an island – we all need the help and cooperation of others, from time to time.
Violence: Broad, cartoon slapstick stuff.
Language: Every “nut” joke you can imagine.
Parents’ advisory: A cartoon in the “Looney Toons” tradition – silly, slapstick-heavy and best suited for 10-and-under.
THE LEGEND OF HERCULES
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense combat action and violence, and for some sensuality
What it’s about: Hercules is exiled by his father the king, only to learn who his TRUE dad (Zeus) is and plan his return to Greece.
The kid attractor factor: A Greek demi-god discovers his supernatural side, starring a “Twilight” hunk.
Good lessons / bad lessons: “History is but a chronicle of war.”
Violence: Yes, and lots of it, but with minimal blood.
Language: Mythically clean.
Sex: A bit of skin, a few make-out sessions.
Drugs: Barely even a drop of wine.
Parents’ advisory: An obscure corner of Greek mythology and the Hercules story that will confuse the very young and Greek myth literalists – OK for 10-and-up.