Family Watch: ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ ‘Legends of Oz’

05/07/2014 12:00 AM

05/08/2014 11:02 PM

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

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Rating: PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action/violence

What it’s about: The web-slinger is just starting to enjoy his work and his notoriety when high school graduation happens and everything changes.

The kid attractor factor: Spider-Man, whistling that “Spider-Man” tune, swinging through Manhattan. And Emma Stone.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Change is not just a slogan.” “Progress has its stepping stones.

Violence: Shootings, torture, car crashes, a few deaths

Language: Quite clean

Sex: Rather chaste, a stolen kiss.

Drugs: None

Parents’ advisory: Pretty violent for a comic book movie, but OK for 10-and-up.

Legends Of Oz:

Dorothy’s Return

Rating: PG for some scary images and mild peril

What it’s about: Dorothy is summoned back to Oz to deal with the mischief of the Wicked Witch’s evil brother, The Jester.

The kid attractor factor: Dorothy catches up with the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and the Tin Man. Dorothy sings like Lea Michele from “Glee!”

Good lessons / bad lessons: “No good can come from the reign of a fool.”

Violence: Animated flying monkeys are still scary, characters made from porcelain are shattered.

Language: Disney clean.

Sex: A fairy tale courtship.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Only thinly connected to “The Wizard of Oz,” this one is aimed more at the very young, best-suited for 8-and-under.

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