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10 and up can handle the biblical violence of ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

Goldshifteh Farahani and Joel Edgerton star as the Egyptian royalty in “Exodus.”
Goldshifteh Farahani and Joel Edgerton star as the Egyptian royalty in “Exodus.”

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Exodus: Gods and Kings

Rating: PG-13 (for violence including battle sequences and intense images)

What it’s about: A general, raised among Egyptian royalty, gets in touch with his Jewish heritage and resolves to free his people from slavery.

The kid attractor factor: Ancient combat with chariots and bows and arrows, special effects plagues and miracles.

Good lessons/bad lessons: “Men who crave power are best fitted to acquire it, and least fit to exercise it.”

Violence: Lots and lots of swordplay, slaughtered animals, crocodile attacks, etc.

Language: Biblical and clean.

Sex: Suggested, nothing explicit.

Drugs: A little wine, here and there.

Parents’ advisory: A more modern take on Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt than “The Ten Commandments,” suitable for 10-and-up.

Top Five

Rating: R (for strong sexual content, nudity, crude humor, language throughout and some drug use)

What it’s about: A famous comic has his moment of truth on the day his new movie bombs and his reality TV wedding is about to come off.

The kid attractor factor: Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Cedric the Entertainer and Adam Sandler and other funny people of that generation.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Even if you’re just “a little famous, people will LIE to you” to get money from you.

Violence: Police brutality, a black man in a chokehold.

Language: Profane, coarse and raw.

Sex: Explicit, played for laughs.

Drugs: Pot, but mostly alcohol, used and abused.

Parents’ advisory: The sexuality and drug and alcohol use make this a comedy that earns its R – OK for 16 and up.

Horrible Bosses 2

Rating: R for strong crude sexual content and language throughout

What it’s about: The three losers from “Horrible Bosses” seek revenge on the ruthless businessman who stole their company from them.

The kid attractor factor: Inept criminals played by the screeching Charlie Day, the dopey Jason Sudeikis and the slow-burning Jason Bateman.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Revenge never goes the way you plan.

Violence: Kidnapping, shooting, a murder.

Language: Just filthy.

Sex: Discussed, in all its kinky variations, thanks to Jennifer Aniston.

Drugs: Alcohol.

Parents’ advisory: Definition of bad parenting? Anybody who brings a child under 13 to this.