Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
Rating: PG for action and rude humor
What it’s about: The evolution of the despicable villain Gru’s tiny yellow sidekicks, and their search for the ultimate Evil Genius boss.
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The kid attractor factor: A “Despicable Me” prequel? Mark kids “present.”
Good lessons/bad lessons: “Everybody loves a princess.” Unless she’s evil.
Violence: Slapstick squishings, explosions.
Language: Gibberish, but clean gibberish.
Sex: Apparently not.
Drugs: Nary a hint.
Parents’ advisory: This is aimed at a very young audience. OK for all ages, best suited to 8-and-under.
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence, some sexuality, and language
What it’s about: A dying rich man extends his life by buying a new body. But whose body was it?
The kid attractor factor: Ryan Reynolds, Derek Luke, science fiction with chases, shootouts and explosions.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “Every medical advance has a cost.”
Violence: Quite a bit, nothing gruesome.
Language: Some profanity.
Drugs: Medicinal only.
Parents’ advisory: A bit talky and over the heads of the very young, but OK for 10-and-up.