Movie News & Reviews

June 26, 2014

‘Dragon 2,’ ‘22 Jump’ are not much alike

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

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

Drugs: Ditto

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

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