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Russell Crowe plays the title character in “Noah.”

Family Watch: Many drownings in ‘Noah’

Published: Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2014 - 2:29 pm
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014 - 7:48 pm

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

Noah

Rating: PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and brief suggestive content

What it’s about: The Creator inspires Noah to build an ark and rescue the flora and fauna of Earth from a coming flood.

The kid attractor factor: A well-known biblical tale, given special effects and co-starring Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) from the “Harry Potter” movies and Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) from the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” movies.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “A man isn’t ruled by the heavens. A man is ruled by his will.”

Violence: Beatings, stabbings, drownings. Lots of drownings.

Language: None.

Sex: Discreet, off-camera, suggested.

Drugs: Hallucinogenic tea.

Parents’ advisory: Not a sermon, but a well-acted epic that plays like a fantastical myth, a bit dark for the very young – OK for 8-and-up.

Sabotage

Rating: R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some sexuality/nudity and drug use

What it’s about: Drug enforcement agents who steal from a drug cartel are killed off, one by one.

The kid attractor factor: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington, two generations of “Terminator,” plus Terrence Howard and Joe Manganiello.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “The only thing anybody in law enforcement has is their credibility.”

Violence: Shootings, torture, stabbings, realistically bloody and gory.

Language: Lots of profanity.

Sex: Some nudity, a drug-addled sex scene.

Drugs: Cocaine, crystal meth, alcohol, etc.

Parents’ advisory: Incredibly violent, profane and drug-addicted, it depicts law enforcement as either crooked, self-serving or incompetent. A serious “R” – suitable for 16-and-up.

Cesar Chavez

Rating: PG-13 for some violence and language

What it’s about: A Mexican-American migrant worker and his wife try to organize his fellow laborers into a union in the 1960s and ‘70s.

The kid attractor factor: Michael Peña, America Ferrara and Rosario Dawson are the stars of this uplifting story.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Once a social change begins, it cannot be reversed.”

Violence: Beatings, shootings.

Language: Some profanity.

Sex: None, though the Chavez family had eight kids.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: An American history lesson that will be hard for the very young to follow, OK for 10-and-up.

Divergent

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.

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