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Family Watch: ‘Inside Out’ full of emotions

Chris Pratt attempts to keep the raptors at bay in “Jurassic World.”
Chris Pratt attempts to keep the raptors at bay in “Jurassic World.”

INSIDE OUT

Rating: PG for mild thematic elements and some action

What it’s about: Her inner emotions try to generate happiness in the life of an 11-year-old girl.

The kid attractor factor: Pixar.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Crying helps you “slow down and obsess over life’s problems.” And without sadness, there is no happiness.

Violence: Childhood memories fade away.

Language: One “curse word” is promised, never delivered.

Sex: Puberty is joked about.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Deeper and more cerebral and emotional than normal Pixar pictures, more suitable for 8-and-up.

DOPE

Rating: R for language, drug content, sexuality/nudity, and some violence-all involving teens

What it’s about: A smart, nerdy working-class African American kid struggles to break the stereotype of how kids from his background turn out.

The kid attractor factor: Teenagers behaving badly, swearing, foiling thugs and befriending drug dealers.

Good lessons/bad lessons: “You always have a choice. Take responsibility for the choices you make.”

Violence: Shootings, beatings, blood.

Language: Hard-edged profanity.

Sex: Nudity, crude come-ons, sexual situations.

Drugs: Pills, powder and alcohol, consumed by teens.

Parents’ advisory: Hot ticket in the teen community or not, this one is entirely too rough and tempting to imitate for younger kids – take the R-rating (17-and-up) seriously.

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.

SPY

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.

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