Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers.
WHITE HOUSE DOWN
Rating: PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action and violence including intense gunfire and explosions, some language and a brief sexual image
What it's about: Terrorists attack the White House in an effort to kidnap the president, but a D.C. cop runs to the rescue.
The kid-attractor factor: Channing Tatum saves Jamie Foxx, and lots of stuff blows up.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "Our country is stronger than one house."
Violence: Lots and lots, with a high body count and one fairly bloody moment
Language: Scattered snippets of profanity
Parents' advisory: Not nearly as grim and gory as "Olympus Has Fallen," with a generous helping of actual White House lore. OK for 13-and-up.
Rating: R for pervasive language, strong crude content and some violence
What it's about: A fussy by-the-book FBI agent teams with a rule-and-rights-violating slob of a Boston cop to bust up a drug ring.
The kid-attractor factor: Sandra Bullock, a role model for makeup tips, and Melissa McCarthy, who teaches kids lots of new dirty words.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Admitting you don't know it all can be humbling and liberating.
Violence: Shootings, stabbings, beatings, explosions
Language: Just filthy
Sex: Discussed, crudely
Drugs: Pot is smoked, vodka is gulped, harder drugs are glimpsed
Parents' advisory: McCarthy's rep as the Queen of Crude gains credence here – pretty foul-mouthed, but harmless enough. Suitable for potty- mouthed 13-year-olds and older kids.