Family Watch: New ‘Planes’ is great for kids

07/17/2014 3:00 PM

08/10/2014 9:40 PM

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

Planes: Fire & Rescue

Rating: PG for action and some peril

What it’s about: Dusty the racing crop duster learns to be an aerial firefighter.

The kid attractor factor: Talking, wisecracking airplanes and fire trucks.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “You can’t outrun a fire,” and “Life doesn’t always go the way you expected.”

Violence: Scary forest fire scenes.

Language: Profanity of the “I kicked Aston-Martin out there,” and “Oh, Chevy,” variety.

Sex: Flirting amongst the aircraft.

Drugs: Well, there are scenes set in a bar / honkytonk.

Parents’ advisory: Though it shows more effort and wit than the first “Planes,” this sequel still skews young – OK for all ages, best for 8-and-under.

The Purge: Anarchy

Rating: R for strong disturbing violence, and for language

What it’s about: A future where people can act out their sickest, most violent revenge fantasies, for only one night, is further explored with a new cast.

The kid attractor factor: Horror without a supernatural touch, violence seemingly without consequences, Zach Gilford.

Good lessons / bad lessons: Wise men and women know that revenge does not taste sweet. But the rich had better watch their backs.

Violence: Lots and lots, explicit, too.

Language: Profanity in profusion.

Sex: Threats of rape.

Drugs: Alcohol, pills.

Parents’ advisory: First-person shooter video-game-violent with a sermon that will go right over the heads of children – OK for 15-and-up.


Join the Discussion

The Sacramento Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service