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.
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.
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.