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May 17, 2013

Family Watch: 12 and up can handle 'Star Trek,' 'Gatsby'

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

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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