Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers.
Rated PG-13 for supernatural action and some crude humor.
What it’s about: A reboot of the 1984 classic, this time featuring women as the New York City foursome who battle ghosts.
The kid attractor factor: The action-comedy genre, the goofy-spooky special effects, stars Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig
Good lessons/bad lessons: The most important lessons are about friendship, sticking together as a group, and sticking by your beliefs and doing the right thing.
Violence: Among all the ghostly hauntings and various ghost-busting weaponry, there is a fair amount of CG-enhanced violence, shooting, falls, exploding ectoplasm, etc.
Language: Nothing too bad.
Sexuality: Chris Hemsworth plays the gals’ sexy, stupid secretary.
Parents advisory: Definitely a fun, funny time at the movies for older kids and teens new to the franchise, and parents who already love it. The ghosts and action make it too scary for younger kids, though.
ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE
Rated PG for mild rude humor and some action/peril.
What it’s about: The fifth installment in the popular “Ice Age” franchise, the characters are back again to make sure an asteroid doesn’t hit the planet and end their existence.
The kid attractor factor: The familiarity with the characters, the animated comedy genre.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Accept those around you and try to understand them for all of their quirks and flaws; work together to save the day; family and friendship is the most important thing to strive for.
Violence: Some suspenseful action moments but nothing too intense.
Sexuality: There’s a focus on marriage and a wedding, and all that that entails, but no explicit references. Some flirting and a crush.
Parents advisory: This is an animated adventure film that’s appropriate for the whole family. There is some action and peril, but nothing too scary for little kids.