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Family Watch: ‘Hobbit’ finale a violent one

“The Hobbit” characters prepare for battle.
“The Hobbit” characters prepare for battle. Warner Bros. Pictures

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Rating: PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence and frightening images

What it’s about: Dwarfs, elves, men and orcs head toward a final confrontation, and only the hobbit Bilbo Baggins can save the day.

The kid attractor factor: Middle-Earth, magic, wizards and video-game-style medieval slaughter.

Good lessons/bad lessons: “If more people valued home above gold, the world would be a merry place.”

Violence: Almost constant; beloved characters die. Not a lot of blood, though.

Language: A few salty Olde English curse words.

Sex: Hinted at, flirted with.

Drugs: Pipeweed.

Parents’ advisory: Quite violent, not for the very young. OK for hobbit fans 10-and-up.


Rating: R for sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language

What it’s about: A young woman takes a backpacking trek to heal a broken soul.

The kid attractor factor: Reese Witherspoon, backpacking, meeting other backpackers.

Good lessons/bad lessons: “Put yourself in the way of beauty,” and “Try and do the kindest thing.”

Violence: Threatened, here and there.

Language: Profanity

Sex: Yes, fairly explicit

Drugs: A plot element, and a cautionary one.

Parents’ advisory: Not the roughest of R-rated movies, with the messages trumping the odd sexual or drug related mistake – suitable for 14-and-up.