Family films: ‘Guardians’ amuses, ‘Get’ funks

07/30/2014 1:29 PM

08/24/2014 9:46 PM

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

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language

What it’s about: A motley crew of rogues and losers breaks out of space jail to save the galaxy from an alien overlord bent on mass murder

The kid attractor factor: Wild-looking aliens, lots of action and cool spaceships and such. And for the tiny tykes? A talking/wisecracking raccoon.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Everybody’s got dead people. That’s no excuse to get anybody else dead.” Let it go, in other words.

Violence: Plentiful, cartoonish; this has a body count and the violence has no real consequences.

Language: Scattered moments of profanity

Sex: Flirtation only

Drugs: Not really

Parents’ advisory: A mostly family friendly – and funny – comic book adaption, suitable for age10 and up

Get On Up

Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, drug use, some strong language, and violent situations

What it’s about: James Brown’s musical gifts, business savvy and unpleasant personal demons are documented in this musical biography.

The kid attractor factor: If you listen to music, you’re listening to the influence of James Brown.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Walk in the jungle, sometimes you get bit by a snake.”

Violence: Child abuse, domestic abuse, a prison brawl, clumsy gunplay

Language: Some profanity

Sex: Flirted with, nothing explicit

Drugs: Yes, some abuse

Parents’ advisory: Kids need to learn the funk – suitable for 12-and-up.

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