Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, crude and suggestive content, and for language.
What it’s about: It’s Cool Dad (Mark Wahlberg) vs. Dorky Step-Dad (Will Ferrell) in this silly family comedy.
The kid attractor factor: Stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, a couple of cute kid co-stars, and some silly humor.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Stand up for yourself now or you could turn out to be a conflict-averse nerd. But violence is never the answer. Be yourself and the rest will follow.
Violence: A fair amount for violent pratfalls.
Language: A lot of fairly coarse and suggestive language, including liberal use of the b-word.
Sexuality: No nudity, but there are references to conceiving a baby, including a trip to a fertility doctor.
Drugs: Beer drinking and drunkenness.
Parents advisory: This comedy about family looks kid-friendly but it’s decidedly PG-13, with strong language and suggestive content. Really more appropriate for teens than kids.
Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some disturbing images, and language.
What it’s about: The true story of the doctor who discovered CTE – the brain injury common in football players, which causes erratic behavior and even suicide.
The kid attractor factor: This is a dark story. There isn’t much kid factor here unless they are big fans of Will Smith, or want to learn more about the issue.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Always tell the truth, even when it’s hard, especially when it’s hard. Take care of others. Empathy is crucial.
Violence: Dr. Omalu is a coroner and there are images of him performing autopsies. However, there are no graphic or bloody shots of the bodies. There are some violent images of a car wreck and the self-destructive tendencies of tormented NFL Hall of Famer Mike Webster.
Language: A few instances of strong language.
Sexuality: Very tame – a kiss between Dr. Omalu and his wife on their first date.
Drugs: Mike Webster huffs toxic fumes to get high and stop the voices in his head.
Parents advisory: This film is fine for young adults and teens.
THE GOOD DINOSAUR
Rated PG for peril, action and thematic elements.
What it’s about: A young brontosaurus goes on an incredible journey to learn how to face his fears, and that there’s no place like home.
The kid attractor factor: It’s Disney-Pixar.
Good lessons/bad lessons: It’s important to face fears, and get through them to get stronger. Family is the most important thing in life.
Violence: There are some sequences of scary action, including two massive river floods that put Arlo and his dad in danger, as well as Arlo and Spot. There are some predatory pteradactyls, and stampeding bison. Spot rips the head off a giant beetle.
Parents advisory: This is definitely a family friendly film for kids of all ages, though some of the smaller kids might be scared of the more intense action sequences and darker themes.