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.

Drugs: Some.

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.

Sex: Suggested.

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.

Sex: None.

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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