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Family watch: ‘Race’ should be required viewing

Jason Sudeikis, center, portrays Jesse Owens’ coach in “Race.”
Jason Sudeikis, center, portrays Jesse Owens’ coach in “Race.” Focus Features

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 and language.

What it’s about: The inspiring true story of track and field star Jesse Owens, who made history as an African American multiple gold medalist during the 1936 Olympics in Hitler’s Berlin.

The kid attractor factor: An amazing true-life tale of sportsmanship in another era.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Work hard, be humble, and always take the high road, even in the face of hatred and oppression.

Violence: Nothing significant, some scenes of Nazi deportation of Jews.

Language: Racial slurs, some infrequent strong language.

Sexuality: Some sexy dancing, a subplot about Owens’ infidelity.

Drugs: Beer and bourbon.

Parents advisory: The story of Jesse Owens’ accomplishments should be required viewing for kids and teens. Some of the themes are too adult to appeal to kids.


Rated R for disturbing violent content and graphic nudity.

What it’s about: An English pilgrim family in 1630 America has to contend with the menacing forces of the neighboring woods as they creep into their home.

The kid attractor factor: The film has children in the lead roles, but the naturalistic period horror genre isn’t much of a kid draw.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Lies will only lead to more lies. Don’t venture into the woods alone.

Violence: Bloody and disturbing imagery throughout, as well as a couple of scenes of graphic violence.

Language: None

Sexuality: Explicit nudity but no sex scenes.

Drugs: None

Parents advisory: While not the scariest of horror flicks, “The Witch” contains too much nudity and graphic violent imagery for young kids and ’tweens. Fine for older teens.


Rated PG-13 for zombie violence and action, and brief suggestive material.

What it’s about: An adaptation of Jane Austen’s romantic literary classic – with zombies!

The kid attractor factor: The zombie genre coupled with a cheeky, humorous take on a summer reading list favorite.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Take care of yourself and others – independence is virtue. Marriage is for love, not convenience.

Violence: Lots of zombie slaying via sword, pistol and dagger. Not overly gory; however, there are some gross-out moments.

Language: None; this is all in the arch aristocratic English style.

Sexuality: Kisses between married couples at the end.

Drugs: None.

Parents advisory: This film is rated PG-13 and would be fine for most teens, but definitely too violent and gory for kids.