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Family reviews: ‘Everest,’ ‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’

Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) leads the expedition in “Everest.”
Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) leads the expedition in “Everest.” THE WASHINGTON POST

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


Rated PG-13 for intense peril and disturbing images

What it’s about: The harrowing true story of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, where eight people lost their lives to the mountain

The kid-attractor factor: Stunning visuals and a true adventure story

Good lessons/bad lessons: Don’t come back from the summit after 2 p.m.; always have backup oxygen; follow your dream, even if it is to the top of the mountain. The human spirit has amazingly deep wells of perseverance.

Violence: Many terrifying crashes, stumbles, crossings and avalanches as the mountaineers traverse the deadly landscape. Frozen dead bodies and gory frostbite.

Language: Not much

Sexuality: Aside from a pregnancy, none

Drugs: Some base-camp boozing

Parents advisory: This is acceptable for older kids who can handle the harrowing action scenarios on the mountain.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of violence and action, some thematic elements, substance use and language.

What it’s about: Teens escape medical experimentation at the hands of an evil scientific corporation in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

The kid-attractor factor: Young-adult themes based on a popular book series, popular young cast, “Teen Wolf” star Dylan O’Brien

Good lessons/bad lessons: Always stick with your friends and take care of them; freedom is the most important thing in life; adults aren’t always working in your best interest.

Violence: In addition to many action sequences, there are plenty of vicious zombies in pursuit, gun battles, tasing, grenades, snipers and more. Violence is heavy.

Language: A few swear words and rude gestures

Sexuality: A club scene relies on a sexually charged atmosphere. A sensual kiss.

Drugs: Consumption of a mysterious substance in the club leads to a bad trip.

Parents advisory: This would be OK for tweens and teens. The violence is probably too intense for most kids.