Family Watch: 12 and up can handle 'Star Trek,' 'Gatsby'
05/17/2013 12:00 AM
06/09/2013 10:57 AM
Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers.
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence.
What it's about: The Enterprise crew chases a terrorist across the cosmos.
The kid attractor factor: Space, spaceships, Spock and explosions.
Good lessons / bad lessons: "The enemy of my enemy is my friend."
Violence: Quite a bit, with the body count to match.
Language: Scattered profanity.
Sex: Kirk's caught in bed with two aliens – with tails.
Drugs: Alcohol is abused.
Parents' advisory: As the title implies, this one is darker and slightly more adult than the last "Star Trek," still suitable for 12-and-up.
THE GREAT GATSBY
Rating: PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content, smoking, partying and brief language
What it's about: A young man meets a mysterious millionaire and discovers his obsession with "the love who got away," just across the bay.
The kid attractor factor: Leo and Carey and Tobey, and the chance to skip reading a book that they'll need to know and understand before graduating.
Good lessons / bad lessons: "Rich girls don't marry poor boys."
Violence: Punches are thrown, a car accident and a shooting.
Language: Pretty clean.
Sex: Infidelity, provocative dancing and flirting.
Drugs: Booze is abused, pills are popped.
Parents' advisory: The out-of-control partying is more cautionary than enticing. OK for 12-and-up, but kids, don't think it'll help you with that "Gatsby" book report.
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