Family Watch: ‘Godzilla,’ ‘Million Dollar Arm’

05/15/2014 4:00 PM

06/01/2014 8:51 PM

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

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.

Moms’ Night Out

Rating: PG for mild thematic elements and some action

What it’s about : A trio of moms spend a wacky night out on the town.

The kid attractor factor : Kids caught in the act of “being a handful” to their parents.

Good lessons / bad lessons: There’s no such thing as a perfect parent.

Violence: Slapstick, a dead-bird joke.

Language: Nearly spotless

Sex: Not quite discussed, though there’s a frazzled unwed mom in the mix.

Drugs: None to speak of.

Parents’ advisory: Family friendly, though the “moms gone mild” nature of this is sure to bore younger kids – OK for 10-and-up.

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.

The Other Woman

Rating: PG-13 on appeal for mature thematic material, sexual references and language

What it’s about: A wife and two girlfriends realize they’re all involved with the same cheating man, and bond over how they’ve been wronged.

The kid attractor factor : Sassy Cameron Diaz and Nicki Minaj, whiny Leslie Mann, vivacious Kate Upton.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Cheaters never change,” but “selfish people live longer.”

Violence: Slapstick, mostly, but a very bloody nose results.

Language: Edited down into PG-13 territory.

Sex: A hint, here and there, with an emphasis on infidelity.

Drugs: Alcohol, hormone pills.

Parents’ advisory: Certainly suitable for teens, especially girls, as it is about the perils of loving a serial philanderer – OK for 13-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence

What it’s about: Mankind’s nuclear ambitions awaken beasts that thrive on radiation, including Godzilla, King of the Monsters.

The kid attractor factor: Godzilla, scary in a kind of cuddly way, making mayhem in San Francisco.

Good lessons / bad lessons: The natural order seeks balance, even in monsters.

Violence: Yes, lots of death and destruction, some of it immediate and personal.

Language: Shockingly clean, considering what’s going down and the casting of Bryan Cranston.

Sex: None, despite the presence of Elizabeth Olsen.

Drugs: None

Parents’ advisory: Closer to the cute, kid-friendly Godzilla films of the ‘60s than the more horrific installments in this franchise – OK for 10-and-up.


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