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‘Sully’ a good film for older kids, teens

Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter as Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson in “Southside With You”
Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter as Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson in “Southside With You” Miramax-Roadside Attractions

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Rated PG-13 for some peril and brief strong language.

What it’s about: Chronicles the amazing true story of the Miracle on the Hudson where Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger made a forced water landing on the Hudson River, as well as the secretive safety hearings that questioned his actions.

The kid attractor factor: Star Tom Hanks, as well as the true-life action adventure tale will be a draw for audiences of all ages.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Throughout the entire ordeal, everyone maintains professionalism, calm, and dignity. It’s a wonderful New York story where disparate groups of people come together to lend a helping hand. Sully maintains his integrity throughout the intensive questioning process.

Violence: The water landing is a dramatic and scary sequence, but there are no real injuries or gore, aside from the one laceration sustained by a flight attendant. Sully experiences traumatic hallucinations and visions of planes crashing in New York after the experience.

Language: Only brief strong language.

Sexuality: None

Drugs: A drink in a bar.

Parents advisory: This inspiring story would be appropriate for older kids and teens. The scariest part, the water landing, is dramatic but not violent.


Rated PG for mild action/peril and some rude humor.

What it’s about: The story of Robinson Crusoe told from the perspective of the animals on the island where he is stranded.

The kid attractor factor: The animated, kid-friendly material and the cute animal characters will be a draw for kids and families.

Good lessons/bad lessons: It’s better to be inclusive and friendly to outsiders, you never know how they might help you out; there’s more strength in team work than alone.

Violence: There are several sequences that include a lot of dramatic peril and violence.

Language: No strong language, a few rude jokes including some animal butt waggles.

Sexuality: A pregnant ship cat, a credits scene that suggests a lady love for Crusoe.

Drugs: Pirates swilling rum

Parents advisory: This animated feature is definitely going for the kid and family audience, but the intense and dramatic violence sequences may be too scary for smaller kids and toddlers.


Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, smoking, a violent image and a drug reference.

What it’s about: This romantic dramedy follows the first date of the first couple of the U.S., Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson Obama.

The kid attractor factor: This might not attract many kids, but could definitely be a good choice for older kids and teens who are fans of the prez and politics.

Good lessons/bad lessons: The two brilliant lawyers learn they’ve found their match, and they challenge their own assumptions and judgments while learning more about each other.

Violence: During a screening of “Do the Right Thing” there’s a scene of police brutality and a riot shown on screen.

Language: One instance of the F-word.

Sexuality: None.

Drugs: Cigarette smoking, a few beers consumed, a reference to marijuana.

Parents advisory: Despite the PG-13 elements, this would be appropriate for kids, if they’re interested. It’s an inspiring story about the humble beginnings and mutually respectful relationship of the president and first lady.


Rated R for terror, violence, disturbing content, and language including sexual references.

What it’s about: A crew of teen burglars in Detroit targets a blind man, who turns out to be not so helpless.

The kid attractor factor: Teens will definitely be drawn to this unrelenting horror flick for the thrills, chills and scares.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Well, these kids certainly learn the downside of home invasion burglary when they tangle with the wrong victim, but in general, there are no good guys and no bad guys, everyone takes on the role of victim or victimizer in this rather brutal and all-too-ripped-from-the-headlines horror story.

Violence: There’s a lot of brutal violence as the robbers attempt to escape the prison of this house.

Language: Frequent use of strong language/swearing.

Sexuality: Several references to sex or sexual violence, a scene of attempted sexual assault.

Drugs: None.

Parents advisory: This is an intense and terrifying horror movie with a lot of dark and disturbing themes. Not appropriate for younger teens or kids.