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Kevin Hart appears in “Ride Along,” which co-stars Ice Cube.

Family Watch: “The Lego Movie”

Published: Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 - 12:00 am

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

THE LEGO MOVIE

Rating: PG for mild action and rude humor

What it’s about: The Lego Universe is threatened by Lord Business, who wants us all to “always follow the instructions” when assembling our Legos.

The kid attractor factor: Based on the popular toy, inspired by the assorted movie parodies made using those plastic building blocks.

Good lessons / bad lessons: Using your imagination while you play is a lot more important than following assembly instructions.

Violence: Lego-on-Lego violence.

Language: “Darn you darned darn darn it!”

Sex: Flirting between toys.

Drugs: What? No. None.

Parents’ advisory: The subversive nature of the story and dialogue will amuse parents; the inventive ways the toys are thrown together will tickle younger kids – OK for all ages.

THE MONUMENTS MEN

Rating: PG-13 for some images of war violence and historical smoking

What it’s about: Museum directors and art historians join the Army and help track down art stolen by the Nazis during World War II.

The kid attractor factor: A war movie with Matt Damon, Bill Murray and other actors your parents’ (or grandparents’) age, over their heads in combat zones.

Good lessons / bad lessons: World War II was fought, at least in part, to save the heritage and art of Western civilization from the Nazis and the Communists.

Violence: Shootings, explosions, blood. This is WWII, after all.

Language: A few comically placed profanities, some of them in French.

Sex: Mild flirtation.

Drugs: Cognac, wine and cigarettes. Lots of cigarettes.

Parents’ advisory: A reasonably entertaining history lesson, if you can drag the kids with you to see it – suitable for 13-and-up.

RIDE ALONG

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

What it’s about: A seasoned cop takes on a wannabe cop who is engaged to his sister 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.

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