Family Watch: Take the R ratings seriously for violent ‘November Man,’ ‘Sin City’
08/28/2014 12:00 AM
08/27/2014 2:23 PM
Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Rating: R for strong brutal stylized violence throughout, sexual content, nudity and brief drug use.
What it’s about: Tough guys, tough broads and homicidal maniacs tangle in the city that’s rarely in color.
The kid attractor factor: An adult-oriented graphic novel come to life.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “A city’s like a woman, or a casino. Somebody’s gonna win.”
Violence: Gruesome, stylized, realistically unrealistic.
Language: Profanity, not a lot
Sex: Explicit, nudity
Drugs: Drugs, drinks and smokes.
Parents’ advisory: Incredibly violent, take the PG-13 at its word – OK for 16-and-up.
The November Man
Rating: R for strong violence including a sexual assault, language, sexuality/nudity and brief drug use
What it’s about: Retired spy is brought back into the game where he battles his trigger-happy protégé in trying to protect a woman from assassination.
The kid attractor factor: Olga Kurylenko, Luke “G.I. Joe” Bracey, car chases, shootouts and spy games.
Good lessons/bad lessons: For spies, “You feel the need for a relationship, get a dog.”
Violence: Lots and lots.
Language: Some profanity, not a lot.
Sex: Explicit, violent.
Parents’ advisory: Harder-edged than a James Bond thriller, quite violent. OK for 14-and-up.
If I Stay
Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual material
What it’s about: A car wreck puts a teen girl into a coma, and she takes stock of her life to decide whether or not she wants to live.
The kid attractor factor: Chloë Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley in a seemingly doomed teen romance.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “Sometimes you make choices in life, and sometimes choices make you.” “Sacrifice – that’s what we do for the people we love.”
Violence: A car wreck.
Language: A couple of profanities, here and there.
Drugs: Musicians, music club scenes.
Parents’ advisory: Love, college, the future; choices facing older teens float through this morbid romance – OK for 12-and-up.
The Expendables 3
Rating: PG-13 for violence including intense sustained gun battles and fight scenes, and for language
What it’s about: Aged mercenaries set out to save each other and settle old scores.
The kid attractor factor: The old guys, plus Ronda Rousey, Kellan Lutz and Antonio Banderas, mete out the mayhem.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “You’re only old if you surrender!”
Violence: Lots and lots for a PG-13 movie.
Language: Profanity, here and there.
Drugs: Cigars, beers, nothing stronger.
Parents’ advisory: Toned down from the R-rated prequels, this is still awfully violent, with the violence having few consequences. Take the PG-13 seriously.
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