Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
And So It Goes
Rating: PG-13 for some sexual references and drug elements
What it’s about: A weepy widow and her cranky landlord are led to love by the granddaughter he never knew he had.
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The kid attractor factor: Sassy kids, with Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas trying to cope with them.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “Love always comes with a price.”
Language: Profanity, mild enough, and a few creative non-profane oaths.
Sex: Discussed, kept off camera.
Drugs: A couple of very disturbing and realistic encounters with junkies.
Parents’ advisory: More for the grandparents than the grandkids, but if they’re stuck babysitting, it’s OK for 10-and-up.
Rating: R for strong violence, disturbing images and sexuality
What it’s about: A woman ingests a drug that makes her use much more of her brain’s computing capacity, with violent consequences.
The kid attractor factor: Scarlett Johansson, brawls, a startling car chase and shootouts.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “We only use 10 percent of our brain.” “Ignorance brings chaos, not knowledge.”
Violence: Lots and lots – shootouts, graphic surgeries.
Language: Some profanity, fairly mild for an R-rated film.
Sex: Scanty clothes and underwear, mostly.
Drugs: A central plot point, and a deadly one.
Parents’ advisory: A bit extreme for young kids, a bit over the heads of slightly older ones, but OK for 13-and-up, despite the violence.