Family Watch: ‘Earth to Echo,’ ‘Tammy’

07/03/2014 5:34 PM

07/27/2014 8:11 PM

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.

Tammy

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.

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