Family watch: 'Epic' best for younger kids

05/24/2013 12:00 AM

06/24/2013 1:21 PM

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


Rating: PG for mild action, some scary images and brief rude language

What it's about: A young human is drawn into the struggle between the forces of life and decay in a forest inhabited by Leaf Men (and women) sprites and reptilian bog dwellers.

The kid attractor factor: Gorgeous 3-D animation, epic battles and comical talking slugs.

Good lessons / bad lessons: "Many leaves, one tree. We're all connected."

Violence: Attacks by mice, bats and crows, sword fights.

Language: Disney clean.

Sex: A smooch, a little flirtation.

Drugs: None.

Parents' advisory: This animated action fairy tale is suitable for all audiences, but skews a bit younger in its appeal.


Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action and mayhem throughout, some sexuality and language

What it's about: A new car-jacking team led by a villain forces Dom and Brian and Co. to leave retirement and get back in the game.

The kid attractor factor: Fast cars, impossible stunts, epic brawls.

Good lessons / bad lessons: Your most trusted friends are your family, and family sticks together.

Violence: Furious fights, shootouts and crashes.

Language: Some profanity, less than you'd expect considering the mayhem.

Sex: A little kissing, a little flirtation, some scantily clad women.

Drugs: None.

Parents' advisory: Quite violent, although bloodlessly so. Take the PG-13 seriously. Suitable for 13-and-up.


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.


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