‘Monkey’ – no need to screen out kids

Monkey Kingdom

Rating: G

What it’s about: A documentary about macaque monkey society and life in a corner of the Sri Lankan jungle

The kid attractor factor: Monkey business, monkey hijinks, monkey love

Good lessons/bad lessons: Sometimes, it takes convulsive change to topple an unjust society.

Violence: Monkey-on-monkey assaults, predators hunting monkeys, monkey injuries, monkey deaths

Language: Disney clean

Sex: Kept off camera

Drugs: None

Parents’ advisory: It has villains, a heroine who escapes her plight, partly through the help of a male, and social commentary that will go over the heads of the very young, but suitable for all ages.

True Story

Rating: R for language and some disturbing material

What it’s about: A disgraced reporter thinks he’s found his ticket back to the big time when he befriends an accused killer.

The kid attractor factor: Jonah Hill, James Franco and Felicity Jones

Good lessons/bad lessons: Even killers have their charming side, when it suits their purposes.

Violence: Off camera

Language: Profanity

Sex: Discussed obliquely

Drugs: Alcohol is abused in one scene.

Parents’ advisory: More intense psychologically than visually, it’s too heavy for younger children – OK for 15-and-up.

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