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Family Watch: ‘Black or White’ too adult for young kids

Jillian Estell, left, and Octavia Spencer star in “Black or White.”
Jillian Estell, left, and Octavia Spencer star in “Black or White.”

Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers

Black or White

Rating: PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language, thematic material involving drug use and drinking, and for a fight

What it’s about: A grandmother and grandfather from two different sides of the family, and from two different races, go to court to fight over custody of a little girl.

The kid attractor factor: Octavia Spencer, Kevin Costner, a kid having more sense than some of the adults around her.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Even judging people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin is a tricky notion in a politically correct era.

Violence: A nasty, bloody fight.

Language: Some profanity

Sex: Barely discussed.

Drugs: A major theme, as an alcoholic and a crack addict partake in their addictions.

Parents’ advisory: Too adult for small kids, who just won’t follow it, but OK for 13-and-up.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Rating: R for sequences of strong violence, language and some sexual content

What it’s about: The athletic punk son of a dead secret agent is trained for Dad’s old line of work, battling super villains.

The kid attractor factor: Chases, video game-style shootouts, lots of action and ever-so-English manners, tailoring, etc.

Good lessons/bad lessons: “True nobility is being superior to your former self,” and “Manners maketh man.”

Violence: Lots and lots, bloody, not-quite-senseless, but played for laughs.

Language: The odd f-bomb, here and there.

Sex: Joked about, crudely.

Drugs: Alcohol is consumed.

Parents’ advisory: It’s Austin Powers with fewer laughs, James Bond with even more blood. OK for 15-and-up.