Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
A Million Ways To Die In The West
Rating: R for strong crude and sexual content, language throughout, some violence and drug material
What it’s about: A meek sheep rancher is tested by the living conditions, the women and men with guns in the Old West.
The kid attractor factor: Seth MacFarlane, the “Family Guy” and “Ted” rude / crude animation king.
Good lessons / bad lessons: Adults don’t settle arguments with violence, but there weren’t many adults in the Old West.
Violence: Shootings, a goring, dismemberment, etc.
Language: Profane just to be profane.
Sex: Discussed more explicitly than it is demonstrated.
Drugs: Mushrooms, pot and booze. And a cigarette.
Parents’ advisory: As sophomoric as the humor is, this isn’t for kids under 13, unless you want to hear bodily function jokes repeated around the house, ad nauseum.
The Fault In Our Stars
Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and brief strong language
What it’s about: Two teen cancer patients ignore the odds and fall in love.
The kid attractor factor: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff, young and pretty and doomed.
Good lessons / bad lessons: “Pain is meant to be felt,” “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, you do get to choose who hurts you.”
Violence: Only the violence of a pitiless disease
Language: Scattered profanities, including the “big” one.
Sex: A love scene, discretely handled.
Drugs: Champagne, an unlit cigarette
Parents’ advisory: A perfectly suitable teen date movie with a testy lecture about cigarettes tucked into it – suitable for 13-and-up.