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“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” stars Chris Evans in the title role. The action film also features Scarlett Johansson.

Family Watch: ‘Captain America’ soldiers on, but violently

Published: Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014 - 5:54 pm
Last Modified: Sunday, Apr. 13, 2014 - 8:30 pm

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

Captain America:

The Winter Soldier

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, gunplay and action throughout

What it’s about: Captain America, Black Widow and others try to figure out who or what is behind a huge threat to privacy and dissent around the world.

The kid attractor factor: Captain America and Avenger friends, battling bad guys, making wisecracks

Good lessons / bad lessons: Freedom won’t be taken from us by force, but will be given up to those who promise “security” and “order.”

Violence: Mayhem, bullets, blood, deaths – nothing graphic

Language: Mild oaths, here and there

Sex: Scarlett Johansson flirts. As she is wont to do.

Drugs: None

Parents’ advisory: More violent than most parents would like, wholesome otherwise – OK for 8-and-up

Rio 2

Rating: G, suitable for all audiences

What it’s about: The birds of the Amazon and their human friends try to stop illegal logging to save habitat that the macaws and parrots need to survive.

The kid attractor factor: Joking, singing and dancing birds

Good lessons / bad lessons: “A happy wife means a happy life!”

Violence: Bird brawls, attempted poisoning, and a jaw-dropping suicide joke

Language: Well, the odd poop and fart joke

Sex: A little flirtation, an exchanged love song or two

Drugs: None

Parents’ advisory: Suitable for all ages, though this one aims at a younger, 6-and-under crowd, in spite of the suicide joke.

Draft Day

Rating: PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language and sexual references

What it’s about: The front office of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns struggles to decide who to draft with their first pick.

The kid attractor factor: It’s the NFL. Even kids are into the NFL, right?

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Every battle is won before it is fought.”

Violence: None, which considering the game this is about, is saying something.

Language: Pro football folks have been known to cuss.

Sex: An office romance, and what often results from such romances

Drugs: Nope

Parents’ advisory: A sports dramedy that’s very “inside football.” Pre-teens who aren’t preciously deep into the sport will find it hard to follow. Suitable for 14-and-up.

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 from the “Harry Potter” movies and Percy Jackson 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: Discrete, 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

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