Rating: PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and peril, thematic elements, and language
What it’s about: A hopeful future
The kid attractor factor: A teenage girl tries to visit the future on an adventure of discovery with George Clooney.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
Violence: Lots and lots
Language: Disney clean, in a “Son of a …” sort of way.
Sex: Nary a hint
Parents’ advisory: It’s a bit long. And talky. And violent. OK for 8-and-up.
Pitch Perfect 2
Rating: PG-13 for innuendo and language
What it’s about: The Barden College Bellas go to Europe to battle the best a cappella groups in the world.
The kid attractor factor: Young women cutting up and singing pop hits
Good lessons/bad lessons: Senior year in college is when you stop concentrating on social life and extracurriculars, because it’s “time to think about other stuff.”
Language: Scattered profanity
Sex: Not really, despite Fat Amy’s big talk
Parents’ advisory: Closer to a PG than a PG-13, suitable for 10 and up
Mad Max: Fury Road
Rating: R for intense sequences of violence throughout, and for disturbing images
What it’s about: Decades after civilization’s end, a lone motorist fends off road raging tribes.
The kid attractor factor: Car chases and crashes (with real cars), post-apocalyptic villains
Good lessons/bad lessons: “Hope is a mistake.”
Violence: Almost constant
Language: An almost indecipherable patois, with no discernible profanity
Parents’ advisory: Entirely too intense and violent for impressionable children. OK for 13 and up.