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‘U.N.C.L.E.’ gives1960s retro a ride


Rated PG-13 for action violence, some suggestive content, and partial nudity

What it’s about: An American spy and a Russian spy team up to combat Nazi nuclear war in swingin’ Cold War era Europe.

The kid attractor factor: Exciting action with a retro vibe

Good lessons/bad lessons: It’s better to work together.

Violence: There are numerous car/boat chases crashes, fistfights, and a torture scene featuring an electric Nazi torture chair device.

Language: Nothing too extreme for this ’60s-flavored film

Sexuality: There are some racy scenes where Solo uses his powers of seduction on the women around him. There’s also a suggestion of a sexual encounter.

Drugs: None

Parents advisory: Action packed, retro fun, this could be OK for older kids with parents in tow who are used to a certain degree of on-screen excitement.


Rating: Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive comments

What it’s about: Nerds have to save the world against an alien invasion of retro arcade game characters.

The kid attractor factor: Colorful, larger than life video game characters, broad humor, a kid supporting character, adorable Q*bert sidekick

Good lessons/bad lessons: Always have confidence in yourself, even nerds can be heroes, video game expertise might be useful in the face of alien invasion.

Violence: Giant alien video games characters descend onto Earth like Godzilla and shatter buildings and people into pixels, but the violence is largely bloodless.

Language: Other than emphatic use of “b–,” the suggestive/profane language is relegated to playground euphemisms.

Sex: There’s mention of a husband cheating with a Pilates teacher. Some other talk of sex. A kiss.

Drugs: No drugs, light drinking

Parents’ advisory: Would be appropriate for children above the age of 8, who would have a lot of fun. Distressing gender stereotypes aren’t very empowering for all viewers.