Family watch: Adventures in space and in crime stunts

05/31/2013 12:00 AM

07/07/2013 2:51 PM

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


Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and some disturbing images

What it's about: A famous soldier and his fraidy-cat son face the terrors of an alien planet after they crash on it.

The kid-attractor factor: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, a sci-fi adventure with spaceships, and battles with alien beasts.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Danger is very real." But "fear is a choice."

Violence:Impalings, self-surgery, blood, entrails

Language: Squeaky clean

Sex: Not a hint

Drugs: Painkillers

Parents' advisory: Corny and kid-friendly enough for a sci-fi action film, suitable for 10-and-up


Rating: PG-13 for language, some action and sexual content

What it's about: Young magicians are recruited for a series of stunts that also happen to be crimes.

The kid-attractor factor: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco

Good lessons/bad lessons: "The closer you look, the less you 'see.' "

Violence: Some, not much

Language: Scattered moments of profanity.

Sex: Flirtation, innuendo

Drugs: None to speak of

Parents' advisory: Reasonably adult in tone, childish in subject matter – OK for 12-and-up.


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