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Family Watch: Take PG-13 rating seriously for ‘Jurassic World’

Melissa McCarthy’s character has a crush on her partner, played by Jude Law, in “Spy.”
Melissa McCarthy’s character has a crush on her partner, played by Jude Law, in “Spy.” 20th Century Fox

Jurassic World

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril

What it’s about: A popular theme park has its murderous new attraction bust out and start eating the guests. Again.

The kid attractor factor: Dinosaurs running amok, faced by that “Guardian of the Galaxy” Chris Pratt.

Good lessons/bad lessons: “Life is the acceptance that you are never actually in control.” “A promise tomorrow is a lot less than trying today.”

Violence: Graphic, gruesome and disturbing death-by-dinosaurs.

Language: Scattered bits of profanity.

Sex: Flirtation, a kiss or two.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: More violent than the “Jurassic Park” movies, quite violent for a kids’ film – take the rating seriously, OK for 13 and up.


Rating: R for language throughout, violence, and some sexual content including brief graphic nudity

What it’s about: A CIA office worker is sent to Europe, into “the field,” to foil the sale of a nuclear bomb.

The kid attractor factor: Melissa McCarthy, in action and out of her depth.

Good lessons/bad lessons: It’s not “Well-behaved women often make history,” it’s “Well-behaved women SELDOM make history.”

Violence: Deaths, gun play, knife-fights.

Language: Turns quite potty-mouthed in the third act.

Sex: Nudity, comical groping.

Drugs: Alcohol

Parents’ advisory: Too violent and profane for the very young, OK for 15-and-up.

San Andreas

Rating: PG-13 for intense disaster action and mayhem throughout, and brief strong language

What it’s about: An air rescue pilot, his family and a scientist and his team experience “the Big One” in California.

The kid attractor factor: The most convincing earthquake ever put on screen, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson trying to survive it.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Pay attention during earthquake drills, listen to scientists when they warn you about coming disaster, and “always have a plan B.”

Violence: Entirely geological and architectural, and lots of it, with a high body count.

Language: Scattered profane reactions to the worst nature can throw at us.

Sex: A little flirtation.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: State of the art movie mass destruction, probably too intense for the very young. OK for 8-and-up.