Smokejumpers Pinecone and Avalanche are among the characters in “Planes: Fire & Rescue.”

Family Watch: New ‘Planes’ is great for kids

Published: Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Last Modified: Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 - 9:40 pm

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

Planes: Fire & Rescue

Rating: PG for action and some peril

What it’s about: Dusty the racing crop duster learns to be an aerial firefighter.

The kid attractor factor: Talking, wisecracking airplanes and fire trucks.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “You can’t outrun a fire,” and “Life doesn’t always go the way you expected.”

Violence: Scary forest fire scenes.

Language: Profanity of the “I kicked Aston-Martin out there,” and “Oh, Chevy,” variety.

Sex: Flirting amongst the aircraft.

Drugs: Well, there are scenes set in a bar / honkytonk.

Parents’ advisory: Though it shows more effort and wit than the first “Planes,” this sequel still skews young – OK for all ages, best for 8-and-under.

The Purge: Anarchy

Rating: R for strong disturbing violence, and for language

What it’s about: A future where people can act out their sickest, most violent revenge fantasies, for only one night, is further explored with a new cast.

The kid attractor factor: Horror without a supernatural touch, violence seemingly without consequences, Zach Gilford.

Good lessons / bad lessons: Wise men and women know that revenge does not taste sweet. But the rich had better watch their backs.

Violence: Lots and lots, explicit, too.

Language: Profanity in profusion.

Sex: Threats of rape.

Drugs: Alcohol, pills.

Parents’ advisory: First-person shooter video-game-violent with a sermon that will go right over the heads of children – OK for 15-and-up.

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