Family watch: 'Pacific Rim' suitable for younger viewers

07/12/2013 12:00 AM

08/04/2013 11:37 AM

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


Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language

What it's about: Earth's governments and militaries adjust to a new threat, monsters, by building gigantic robots to battle them.

The kid-attractor factor: Did I mention the monsters and the robots?

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Fortune favors the brave, dude." And "Vengeance is like an open wound."

Violence: A few human-on- human brawls; a small girl is terrorized. Mostly just digital monsters vs. digital robots.

Language: Scattered curse words of the mildest kind.

Sex: A shirtless moment here, a little cleavage there.

Drugs: None.

Parents' advisory: As violent popcorn pictures go, this one skews young – suitable for 8-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, and some suggestive material

What it's about: An idealistic and naive young lawyer puts on a mask and dispenses justice after his lawman brother is murdered.

The kid-attractor factor: Johnny "Captain Jack Sparrow" Depp, in heavier makeup and even more outlandish as Tonto.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Come a time, Kemosabe, when good man must wear mask."

Violence: Lots and lots, some of it borderline graphic.

Language: Disney clean

Sex: Not really

Drugs: Alcohol and tobacco are consumed.

Parents' advisory: Incredibly violent for a PG-13 rated movie. Take the rating seriously. Suitable for 13-and-up, but not younger viewers.


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

Sex: None

Drugs: None

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: PG for rude humor and mild action

What it's about: Gru is summoned to help track down a fellow super villain who is bent on world domination but hiding out at the local mall.

The kid-attractor factor: Minions. Many many Minions.

Good lessons/bad lessons: You don't have to be an evil genius to raise daughters who are nearing dating age. But it helps.

Violence: Slapstick

Language: A few fart and "poop" jokes

Sex: 'Tween flirtation, online dating

Drugs: Nope

Parents' advisory: Fun for the whole family


Join the Discussion

The Sacramento Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service