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Seeking PG fare, parents? ‘Woods,’ ‘Museum’ qualify

Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers.


Rating: PG-13 for war violence including intense sequences of brutality, and for brief language

What it’s about: A star athlete goes to war and survives a plane crash at sea and brutal treatment in Japanese prisoner of war camps.

The kid attractor factor: An old-fashioned WWII POW survival tale, the kind grandpa used to enjoy

Good lessons/bad lessons: “A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.”

Violence: Lots of it, with deaths

Language: Some profanity

Sex: None, though there’s a sadistic homoeroticism to the torture scenes

Drugs: None

Parents’ advisory: Beatings aside, pretty mild for a PG-13 war movie. OK for 10-and-up.

“The Interview”

Rating: R for pervasive language, crude and sexual humor, nudity, some drug use and bloody violence

What it’s about: Seth Rogen and James Franco mock North Korea into a tizzy in a low farce that’s a bit smarter than you’d think.

The kid attractor factor: Rogen, Franco and forbidden (R-rated) film fruit.

Good lessons/bad lessons: “They hate us cuz they ain’t us.”

Violence: Yes, onscreen deaths

Language: Raunchy

Sex: Yes, but mercifully, what nudity there is isn’t in love scenes

Drugs: But of course

Parents’ advisory: Coarse and crude and comical, not for the faint-hearted or anybody under 14

“Into the Woods”

Rating: PG for thematic elements, fantasy action and peril, and some suggestive material

What it’s about: Fairytale characters are mashed up into each others’ stories and cope with the consequences of their past actions.

The kid attractor factor: Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp sing as characters from assorted tales.

Good lessons/bad lessons: “Take extra care with strangers, even flowers have their dangers. And though scary is exciting, nice is different than good.”

Violence: Fairy tale deaths

Language: Disney clean

Sex: Flirting, a hint of desire described as “suggestive material”

Drugs: None

Parents’ advisory: Suitable for all ages, though Sondheim musicals do tend toward the more complex and darker (10-and-older) side

“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”

Rating: PG for mild action, some rude humor and brief language

What it’s about: A security guard and his kid take their enchanted museum-exhibits-come-to-life to London to stir things up at The British Museum.

The kid attractor factor: “Night at the Museum” franchise, a naughty monkey, goofball characters, one played by Rebel Wilson

Good lessons/bad lessons: “Let no man stand between you and your destiny.”

Violence: Sword-fighting with a bronze snake-monster, stuff like that

Language: Just a hint of profanity

Sex: Homoerotic hand-holding is mocked.

Drugs: None

Parents’ advisory: As with the other films in this series, suitable for the whole family – all ages

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

Drugs: Pipeweed

Parents’ advisory: Quite violent, not for the very young. OK for “Hobbit” fans 10-and-up.