Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
Earth To Echo
Rating: PG for some action and peril, and mild language
What it’s about: Tweenage pals find an alien in their Nevada subdivision, and vow to help him phone, GET home.
The kid attractor factor: Smart, tech savvy and sassy kids, a very cute alien.
Good lessons / bad lessons: “If you’re best friends, then you always will be.”
Violence: A smidge.
Language: Scattered moments of mild, age-appropriate profanity.
Sex: Boys flirting with the class cutie, in an age-appropriate chaste way.
Drugs: The kids visit a bar, but do not imbibe.
Parents’ advisory: It’s “E.T.” as seen through a “Blair Witch” shaky-cam, suitable for all ages.
Rating: R for language including sexual references
What it’s about: An overweight loser with impulse control and anger management issues learns to be more responsible when she takes off on a road trip with her granny.
The kid attractor factor: Melissa McCarthy, and her bag of foul-mouthed sight gags.
Good lessons / bad lessons: “Figure out what you really want, and go after it.”
Violence: Slapstick stuff.
Language: Melissa McCarthy should have her mouth washed out with Tide Ultra.
Sex: Joked about, and there’s a bit of off-camera action.
Drugs: Lots of alcohol – drinking and driving – and Oxycontin.
Parents’ advisory: The boozing, swearing and sexual come-ons make this inappropriate for anybody under 13.