Family Watch: ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ ‘22 Jump Street’

06/12/2014 10:00 AM

06/11/2014 3:01 PM

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

Edge of Tomorrow

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

What it’s about: In the future, a soldier must re-live a traumatic battle, dying time and again, to figure out a way to foil alien invaders.

The kid attractor factor: Sci-fi action, with wiggly beasts, Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and amusing, video-game style deaths – each death reversed by hitting a re-set button.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “There is no courage without fear.”

Violence: Lots and lots. Not a lot of blood, though.

Language: Surprisingly clean, considering the military milieu

Sex: Partial nudity, comical

Drugs: Drinks in a bar

Parents’ advisory: A PG-13 action pic that’s not too clever for younger viewers to follow, and entirely suitable for anybody over age 10.

22 Jump Street

Rating: R for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence

What it’s about: “It’s exactly the same” as “21 Jump Street” – except the buddy cops pretend to be college kids this time.

The kid attractor factor: Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, shooting and dancing and riffing and goofing.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “College is where you find out who you were meant to be.”

Violence: Yes, with bullets and blood and explosions.

Language: Profanity, a.k.a. “how Jonah Hill talks.”

Sex: Explicit sex toys, homoerotic gags.

Drugs: A main plot element, joked about but treated as illegal. And college kids drink. A lot.

Parents’ advisory: Closer to a PG-13 than you might think, juvenile enough for 13-and-up.


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