Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers.
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Rating: PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor
What it’s about: Hiccup and his dragon pal Toothless contend with new threats – dragon-nappings and a guy who wants to build a dragon army.
The kid attractor factor: It’s the sequel to one of the biggest animated hits in recent history.
Good lessons / bad lessons: “Men who kill without reason cannot be reasoned with.”
Violence: Brawls, and a death
Language: As tame as the dragons
Sex: Nary a hint
Parents’ advisory: Darker and more action-driven than joke-reliant, this is OK for all ages.
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