Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
‘KUNG FU PANDA 3
Rated PG for martial arts action and some mild rude humor.
What it’s about: Po returns for the third installment in the franchise, battling the evil chi-stealing spirit master Kai.
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The kid attractor factor: He’s a funny panda, he does kung fu, and they’re likely already fans of the first two smash hit “Kung Fu Panda” movies.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Embrace your individuality and the different elements that make you who you are. Don’t forget the people who made you who you are. Protect the ones you love.
Violence: There’s kung fu! But it’s not particularly violent or scary; it’s more of a choreographed dance of martial arts. Some smaller kids might find Kai a bit too scary.
Language: The film is filled with jokes that work for parents and adults, but there’s no strong language.
Sexuality: Panda Mei Mei (Kate Hudson) is certainly very flirty.
Drugs: Only dumplings.
Parents advisory: A great kids movie that will please kids of all ages, and adults too. Maybe a little too much action for the smallest tots.
THE FINEST HOURS
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of peril.
What it’s about: The true story of a daring 1952 boat rescue in Cape Cod, Mass.
The kid attractor factor: This adventure tale is filled with heroism and hunks – Chris Pine is the star.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Some rules should be broken when it comes to saving lives. Always do your job and do the right thing when it comes to helping others.
Violence: Lots of roiling seas, tsunami sized waves and a little boat battling them. A huge oil tanker breaks in half and floods. There’s one death, which is seen indirectly and is not gory.
Language: This old-fashioned flick has no strong language.
Sexuality: A few kisses between the romantic leads, who are engaged.
Drugs: Aside from a single beer, none.
Parents advisory: The intense seafaring actions sequences are harrowing and could be scary for small kids. Other than that, it’s an innocent story of heroics.