Family Watch: ‘Ride Along,’ ‘Jack Ryan’

Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 - 12:07 am

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

RIDE ALONG

Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence, sexual content and brief strong language

What it’s about: A seasoned cop takes a wannabe cop who is engaged to his sister on for a rough and tumble day of police work.

The kid attractor factor: Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, acting tough, talking tough and mixing it up.

Good lessons / bad lessons: Video games are great training for a gun fight.

Violence: Brawls, shootouts, a little blood here and there.

Language: The occasional f-bomb is dropped.

Sex: Discussed, flirted with, and there’s a trip to a strip club.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: A bit rough for a PG-13, but it is a comedy and the violence is often played for laughs, as troubling as that can be. OK for 13-and-up.

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT

Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and intense action, and brief strong language

What it’s about: An idealistic, college-educated Marine is recruited to the CIA and investigates a shady Russian plot to send America into a depression.

The kid attractor factor: Chris (“Capt. Kirk”) Pine as a secret agent, with Keira Knightley as his lady friend and lots of spy games for them to partake in.

Good lessons / bad lessons: There are a lot of ways for those who hate us to bring us low.

Violence: Shootings, combat sequences, a bloody and gruesome brawl.

Language: Momentary blasts of profanity.

Sex: None.

Drugs: Alcohol is consumed.

Parents’ advisory: Pretty tame, for a no-holds-barred spy thriller in the modern mold, OK for 12-and-up.

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