Family Watch: ‘The Identical’ throws no dirt on legend of Elvis

09/04/2014 4:00 PM

09/04/2014 8:43 PM

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

The Identical

Rating: PG for thematic material and smoking

What it’s about: Twins separated at birth feel the call to invent rock and roll.

The kid attractor factor: Kids want to learn about rockabilly and Elvis, right?

Good lessons/bad lessons: “The worst mistakes we make are decisions made in haste.”

Violence: A cop throws an unjustified sucker punch.

Language: Disney clean.

Sex: Barely a hint.

Drugs: Alcohol is abused.

Parents’ advisory: A thinly veiled and sanitized rewrite of the Elvis myth, inoffensive and suitable for all ages.

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.

As Above, So Below

Rating: R for bloody violence/terror, and language throughout

What it’s about: A single-minded young archaeologist leads a team into the catacombs of Paris in search of an ancient Philosopher’s Stone.

The kid attractor factor: Scary stuff in the dark, frights, a puzzle, magic and the supernatural.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Some quests are “the path to madness.”

Violence: Bites and burials by rock slide, some of it a bit bloody.

Language: Scattered blasts of profanity.

Sex: Cultish nudity.

Drugs: None at all.

Parents’ advisory: Not the gruesomest R-rated horror movie ever, heavy with plot and back story. OK for 13-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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