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.
Parents' advisory: This animated action fairy tale is suitable for all audiences, but skews a bit younger in its appeal.
FAST & FURIOUS 6
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.
Parents' advisory: Quite violent, although bloodlessly so. Take the PG-13 seriously. Suitable for 13-and-up.
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.
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