Family Watch: ‘And So It Goes’ more for the grandparents, not grandkids

07/24/2014 4:00 PM

07/23/2014 2:24 PM

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.

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.”

Violence: None.

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.

Lucy

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.

 

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