Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
The Longest Ride
Rating: PG-13 for some sexuality, partial nudity, and some war and sports action
What it’s about: A college girl falls for a rodeo cowboy, and they meet an old man whose ancient love letters inspire their own romance.
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The kid attractor factor: Pretty coeds, Scott Eastwood, bull-riding and romance.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “Love requires sacrifice. Always.”
Violence: Combat wounds, bull riding injuries
Language: A handful of mild profanities.
Sex: Yes, with some nudity.
Drugs: Beer and beer only.
Parents’ advisory: A trifle more sexually explicit than most Nicholas Sparks adaptations, it’s still OK for 13-and-up.
Rating: R for language, drug use and some nudity
What it’s about: A burnt-out/drugged-out rock legend is given a letter once sent to him by John Lennon, and it re-inspires him.
The kid attractor factor: Al Pacino as an aged rock star, Christopher Plummer as a grumpy old manager, Jennifer Garner and Josh Peck have supporting roles.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “Stay true to your dreams,” and it’s never too late to make amends.
Language: Quite a bit of profanity
Sex: Yes, but nothing explicit.
Drugs: Cocaine, alcohol
Parents’ advisory: Any kid old enough to chuckle at a big-haired AARP rocker still partying like it’s 1979 should enjoy this – OK for 13-and-up.