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Shailene Woodley and Theo James star in “Divergent.”

Family Watch: ‘Divergent’ sci-fi packs a punch

Published: Thursday, Mar. 20, 2014 - 6:00 pm

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


Rating: PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality

What it’s about: A teenage girl doesn’t fit in any mold in a future where “faction” is everything. So she’s a threat to the powers that be.

The kid attractor factor: A hit young-adult novel in the “Hunger Games” mold – romance, action and female empowerment all in one sci-fi package.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “The future belongs to those who know they belong.” Conform, or be cast out.

Violence: Yes, PG-13 graphic.

Language: Quite clean.

Sex: A budding romance, hearts aflutter and all.

Drugs: Hallucinogens are used for mind-probing purposes.

Parents’ advisory: Concocted for the “Hunger Games” demographic, this is a bit long and too violent for the very young – OK for 10-and-up.

Muppets Most Wanted

Rating: PG for some mild action

What it’s about: The Muppets are lured into a world tour so that a criminal mastermind and Kermit lookalike can pull off a series of capers.

The kid attractor factor: Muppets, Muppet action, with lots of star cameos.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “What we really want is sometimes not what we really need.”

Violence: Muppet-on-Muppet violence, explosions

Language: Russian-accented, but Disney clean

Sex: The pig plans to marry the frog, so there’s that.

Drugs: Don’t be silly.

Parents’ advisory: If your kids are into “The Muppets,” sit through this one with them. It’s aimed more at parents, but suitable for all ages.

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