Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Rating: PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence and frightening images
What it’s about: Dwarfs, elves, men and orcs head toward a final confrontation, and only the hobbit Bilbo Baggins can save the day.
The kid attractor factor: Middle-Earth, magic, wizards and video-game-style medieval slaughter.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “If more people valued home above gold, the world would be a merry place.”
Violence: Almost constant; beloved characters die. Not a lot of blood, though.
Language: A few salty Olde English curse words.
Sex: Hinted at, flirted with.
Parents’ advisory: Quite violent, not for the very young. OK for hobbit fans 10-and-up.
Rating: R for sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language
What it’s about: A young woman takes a backpacking trek to heal a broken soul.
The kid attractor factor: Reese Witherspoon, backpacking, meeting other backpackers.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “Put yourself in the way of beauty,” and “Try and do the kindest thing.”
Violence: Threatened, here and there.
Sex: Yes, fairly explicit
Drugs: A plot element, and a cautionary one.
Parents’ advisory: Not the roughest of R-rated movies, with the messages trumping the odd sexual or drug related mistake – suitable for 14-and-up.