Rating: PG for action violence, peril
What it’s about: A Marine Corps war dog is adopted by the family of the dead soldier who worked with him.
The kid attractor factor: A cute, heroic dog, a rebellious teen in need of “training,” kids in peril.
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Good lessons/bad lessons: “A hero always tells the truth, no matter what the consequences.”
Violence: A combat scene, dog fights, gun play.
Language: Instances of mild profanity.
Sex: A single smooch, a “stretch-marks” joke.
Parents’ advisory: A bit too long and over-packed with sinister subplots, OK for 8-and up.
Rating: R for crude and sexual content
What it’s about: Ted, the dirty-talking teddy bear, goes to court to prove he’s a person.
The kid attractor factor: You had them at “dirty-talking teddy bear.”
Good lessons/bad lessons: When it comes to civil rights debates, “Don’t wait too long to be right.”
Violence: A brawl, fistfights, assault with a knife.
Language: Lots and lots of profanity.
Sex: Joked about, crudely discussed, animal mating footage is screened, porn is debated.
Drugs: Explicit pot use.
Parents’ advisory: The humor is tailored to a filthy-minded teen. OK for 16-and-up.