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Kevin Costner and Hailee Steinfeld play father and daughter in “3 Days to Kill.”

Family Watch: ‘3 Days to Kill,’ ‘RoboCop’ OK for teens

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - 12:00 am

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

3 Days to Kill

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language.

What it’s about: A dying CIA contract killer tries to carry out one last job, and keep his murderous line of work secret from the teen daughter he barely knows.

The kid attractor factor: A hit-man thriller with comic undertones, and Hailee Steinfeld as a rebellious teen.

Good lessons / bad lessons: It’s never too late to get involved in your kid’s life, and teenagers are the last to realize how poor their judgment can be.

Violence: Plentiful, with torture treated as comedy.

Language: Some profanity

Sex: Sexual situations, nothing explicit

Drugs: Teens in club situations

Parents’ advisory: The joking torture bits are eyebrow-raising, but generally a funnier, lighter variation on the “Taken” formula – OK for 13-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action including frenetic gun violence throughout, brief strong language, sensuality and some drug material.

What it’s about: A badly injured police officer has a robot suit built around him so he can stay on the job.

The kid attractor factor: A robot cop fighting other robots.

Good lessons / bad lessons: Humanity is hard-wired into our brains.

Violence: Lots and lots and lots

Language: Some profanity

Sex: A little marital romance, interrupted

Drugs: Some

Parents’ advisory: Quite violent – sometimes explicitly so. Take the rating seriously; unsuitable for anybody under 13

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