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Family Watch: ‘Friends’ not for kids

Zac Efron stars in “We Are Your Friends.”
Zac Efron stars in “We Are Your Friends.” Warner Bros.

Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers


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

What it’s about: An aspiring DJ pursues his passion along with his three childhood friends.

The kid attractor factor: Star Zac Efron, an electronic music club setting.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Drugs and partying are very fun but very dangerous and can lead to death; shoot for the stars, pursue your dreams and work hard.

Violence: A couple of violent bar fights.

Language: Sporadic profanity throughout.

Sexuality: At least three instances of female nudity, references to sex throughout, a non-graphic sex scene.

Drugs: Copious and casual consumption of drugs, including ecstasy, PCP, marijuana and cocaine.

Parents advisory: The darker themes and adult content make this film OK for older teens but not kids.


Rated R for strong violence throughout, and for language.

What it’s about: An American family must escape a bloody coup in a Southeast Asian country.

The kid attractor factor: Not much – the film stars two young girls as daughters in the family.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Always stick together, listen to your parents, and family above all else.

Violence: Many onscreen murders of innocent victims, by gun, machete, tank, bludgeoning. Other physical attacks and threat of rape.

Language: Mild language and profanity.

Sexuality: Aside from a threatened sexual attack, none.

Drugs: None.

Parents advisory: The subject matter of this violent film is too much for the kids on screen and too much for any kids in the audience. Would be OK for teens, though.