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Younger kids can skip this ‘Office Party’

“Moana” is recommended for all ages.
“Moana” is recommended for all ages. Disney

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Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, drug use and graphic nudity.

What it’s about: Chicago tech company workers try to save their branch by throwing the wildest office Christmas party ever.

The kid attractor factor: Features comic stars Kate McKinnon (“Ghostbusters”) and T.J. Miller, but this is definitely adult fare.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Always stick together, loyalty is treasured, forgiveness is always an option.

Violence: Christmas tree jousting, security guard tasing, light swinging and crashing, a high-speed “Fast and Furious”-inspired car chase and accident. The violence is mostly accidental and pretty goofy.

Language: Lots and lots of swearing and crude sexual language.

Sexuality: Aside from all the spoken references and jokes, there’s male and female nudity, drunken make-out scenes and other graphic sexuality.

Drugs: Marijuana and cocaine are used on screen, bought, sold, and sprayed into unsuspecting party guests’ faces.

Parents advisory: This one is strictly for the older teens. Far too graphic in language and sexuality for kids.


Rated PG for peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements.

What it’s about: A young girl on a Pacific Island sets off beyond the reef to return the heart of the goddess Te Fiti, which was stolen by the mischievous demi-god Maui.

The kid attractor factor: It’s the latest Disney animated feature – it’s the kid movie event of the year.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Be your own hero – you don’t have to wait for someone else to do it. You can choose to do the right thing instead of being chosen to do it. Be strong, smart, capable and kind.

Violence: There are some harrowing scenes as Moana and Maui battle a giant crab, escape coconut pirates and ultimately face down the lava monster Taka.

Language: None

Sexuality: None

Drugs: None

Parents advisory: Will be the new favorite film of kids of all ages.