Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Rating: PG-13 (for violence including battle sequences and intense images)
What it’s about: A general, raised among Egyptian royalty, gets in touch with his Jewish heritage and resolves to free his people from slavery.
The kid attractor factor: Ancient combat with chariots and bows and arrows, special effects plagues and miracles.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “Men who crave power are best fitted to acquire it, and least fit to exercise it.”
Violence: Lots and lots of swordplay, slaughtered animals, crocodile attacks, etc.
Language: Biblical and clean.
Sex: Suggested, nothing explicit.
Drugs: A little wine, here and there.
Parents’ advisory: A more modern take on Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt than “The Ten Commandments,” suitable for 10-and-up.
Rating: R (for strong sexual content, nudity, crude humor, language throughout and some drug use)
What it’s about: A famous comic has his moment of truth on the day his new movie bombs and his reality TV wedding is about to come off.
The kid attractor factor: Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Cedric the Entertainer and Adam Sandler and other funny people of that generation.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Even if you’re just “a little famous, people will LIE to you” to get money from you.
Violence: Police brutality, a black man in a chokehold.
Language: Profane, coarse and raw.
Sex: Explicit, played for laughs.
Drugs: Pot, but mostly alcohol, used and abused.
Parents’ advisory: The sexuality and drug and alcohol use make this a comedy that earns its R – OK for 16 and up.
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.