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.
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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.