May 3, 2013

Family watch: Careful: Violence, potty mouths ahead

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


Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content.

What it's about: A new villain, the Mandarin, and his minions are hurling super soldiers at America, including Iron Man.

The kid-attractor factor: Metal-suited warriors clash, stuff blows up, a kid becomes Iron Man's sidekick.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "We create our own demons," meaning, be careful who you cross.

Violence: Yes, lots and lots

Language: A smattering of profanity

Sex: Suggested, with lots of underwear-clad skin.

Drugs: Suggested, and alcohol is abused.

Parents' advisory: The most violent of the Iron Man movies; think twice before bringing younger kids – OK for 12-and-up.


Rating: R for language, sexual content and brief nudity.

What it's about: Parents, stepparents, siblings and a priest behave badly the weekend of a young couple's wedding.

The kid-attractor factor: Amanda Seyfried and Ben Barnes are the couple. A bunch of potty-mouthed Oscar winners do all the misbehaving.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Stay single as long as you can, kids." And "just because you're divorced doesn't mean you're legally required" to hate your ex.

Violence: A few slaps in the face

Language: Quite profane

Sex: Discussed, graphically. And there's nudity.

Drugs: Booze is abused.

Parents' advisory: The language, nudity and sexual innuendo should give any parent of a preteen pause. OK for 15-and-up.

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