Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers.
The Other Woman
Rating: PG-13 on appeal for mature thematic material, sexual references and language
What it’s about: A wife and two girlfriends realize they’re all involved with the same cheating man, and bond over how they’ve been wronged.
The kid attractor factor: Sassy Cameron Diaz and Nicki Minaj, whiny Leslie Mann, vivacious Kate Upton.
Good lessons / bad lessons: “Cheaters never change,” but “Selfish people live longer.”
Violence: Slapstick, mostly, but a very bloody nose results.
Language: Edited down into PG-13 territory.
Sex: A hint, here and there, with an emphasis on infidelity.
Drugs: Alcohol, hormone pills.
Parents’ advisory: Certainly suitable for teens, especially girls, as it is about the perils of loving a serial philanderer – OK for 13-and-up.
Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality
What it’s about: Anti-tech terrorists kill a computer scientist, but before he dies, his wife and best friend park his personality / essence and soul into computer memory.
The kid attractor factor: Captain Jack Sparrow tries his hand at playing “brilliant,” becoming the ghost in the machine.
Good lessons / bad lessons: Maybe interconnecting everybody and everything and putting your whole life up online isn’t such a great idea.
Violence: Yes, bombings, shootings.
Language: A smidgen of profanity
Sex: Nothing worth reporting on.
Drugs: Alcohol is consumed.
Parents’ advisory: Pretty tame, for an ostensibly thought-provoking sci-fi thriller. OK for 10-and-up.