Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
Horrible Bosses 2
Rating: R for strong crude sexual content and language throughout
What it’s about: The three losers from “Horrible Bosses” seek revenge on the ruthless businessman who stole their company from them.
The kid attractor factor: Inept criminals played by the screeching Charlie Day, the dopey Jason Sudeikis and the slow-burning Jason Bateman
Good lessons/bad lessons: Revenge never goes the way you plan.
Violence: Kidnapping, shooting, a murder
Language: Just filthy
Sex: Discussed, in all its kinky variations, thanks to Jennifer Aniston
Parents’ advisory: Definition of bad parenting? Anybody who brings a child under 13 to this.
Penguins of Madagascar
Rating: PG for mild action and some rude humor
What it’s about: We see how those over-exposed commando-penguins from “Madagascar” first teamed up, and go with them on their most dangerous mission.
The kid attractor factor: It’s “Madagascar” stripped to its funniest characters.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “Looks don’t matter. It’s what you do that counts.”
Violence: Cartoon slapstick, and lots of it
Language: “Parker Posey!” is as dirty as it gets.
Sex: “ZOOmates! We were never mates. There was no mating!”
Parents’ advisory: Skews younger, with jokes aimed at 8-and-below, with verbal humor intended for parents
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material
What it’s about: Two young revolutionary lovers become pawns in a power game between an oppressive regime and those resisting it.
The kid attractor factor: Katniss pines for Peeta, while her backup beau, Gale, lingers, waiting for his chance.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “It is the things we love most that destroy us.”
Violence: Yes, nothing bloody, but “intense” is the right word for it.
Language: Cursing has been abandoned in favor of fashion and fascism in the future.
Sex: Not even close.
Drugs: Alcohol and medication are joked about.
Parents’ advisory: A relentlessly dark and brooding episode in this series – not for anybody under 10, or anyone who has not seen the earlier films.
Rating: R for language including some crude references, and violent content
What it’s about: A reporter returns to his Iranian homeland only to be arrested and tortured by the government there.
The kid attractor factor: Gael Garcia Bernal plays the reporter, and Jon “The Daily Show” Stewart directed this.
Good lessons/bad lessons: There are a lot of ways of torturing people, and the most harmful might be isolating them from human contact.
Violence: Beatings, shootings
Language: “Crude references”
Parents’ advisory: Too adult in nature for the very young, too hard to follow for pre-teens, suitable for 13-and-up
Rating: PG-13 for some intense perilous action and brief strong language
What it’s about: As the Earth sickens and dies, astronauts set out in search of a place to colonize and save the human race.
The kid attractor factor: Dark science fiction, with a glimmer of hope – science lessons blended with high-stakes action
Good lessons/bad lessons: “Science is admitting what we don’t know.”
Violence: Yes, deaths
Language: Scattered profanities
Sex: A great big kiss
Parents’ advisory: Too long and talky and science-centric for the very young. Suitable for sci-fi geeks 10-and-up.