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Andie the squirrel is voiced by Katherine Heigl in the animated comedy “The Nut Job.”

Family Watch: ‘The Nut Job’ and ‘The Legend of Hercules’

Published: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 - 12:00 am

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


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.

Sex: None.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: A cartoon in the “Looney Toons” tradition – silly, slapstick-heavy and best suited for 10-and-under.


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.

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