Family movie reviews for Sept. 20

By Roger Moore

McClatchy-Tribune News Service


Rating: PG-13 for language and some rude behavior

What it’s about: A team of B-Boys (break dancers) is assembled to battle the world’s best and coached by a guy who no longer dances.

The kid attractor factor: Dancing hotties of the male (and one female) persuasion.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Change how you think, change your life.”

Violence: Fisticuffs.

Language. B-Boy profanity

Sex: No, though the consequences of having babies too young comes up.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Clean enough for teens and tweens, suitable for 12-and-up.


Rating: R for violence, language and brief sexuality

What it’s about: A mob family in the witness protection program wreaks havoc in a small French town.

The kid attractor factor: Funny / violent mobsters and mob teens, including that hot blonde from “Glee!” (Dianna Agron).

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Asking politely with a gun in your hand is better than asking politely with nothing.”

Violence: Graphic, sometimes grisly, excessive.

Language: Lots of mob-friendly profanity.

Sex: Yes, fairly explicit, too.

Drugs: Yes, prescription drug abuse is implied, with booze and cigarettes too.

Parents’ advisory: Incredibly violent, with mortal violence played for laughs. Take the R rating seriously, suitable for 16-and-up.


Rating: R for strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity

What it’s about: Everybody’s favorite night-blind spree killer of the future returns to the planet where it all began.

The kid attractor factor: Vin Diesel, narrating, killing, befriending a digital alien dog.

Good lessons/bad lessons: It’s never too late to revive a sci-fi franchise that made you rich.

Violence: Plentiful, graphic.

Language: Some profanity.

Sex: Nudity, flirtation.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: The tone is a bit juvenile, especially the sexual stuff, but the violence is quite gory. OK for 15-and-up.


Rating: R for pervasive language including sexual references.

What it’s about: A group of former friends in their 40s re-unite to recreate an epic “crawl” through the pubs of the small British town where they grew up. But something’s changed.

The kid attractor factor: It’s a science fiction-action comedy featuring the lads who made the zombie romp “Shaun of the Dead.”

Good lessons / bad lessons: Our bad decisions, temperamental testiness and abuse of alcohol are what make us human. Or at least British.

Violence: Sci-fi action, peril, deaths — mostly played for laughs.

Language: Blistering blasts of blotto Brit profanity

Sex: None.

Drugs: Pot is purchased, alcohol is consumed — pretty much constantly.

Parents’ advisory: The mass consumption of beer should give any parent pause. Take the R-rating and the “suitable for 17-and-up” warning seriously.


Rating: PG for mild language

What it’s about: The lads of One Direction go on tour, bond and reminisce about how they were brought together to form a band.

The kid attractor factor: It’s 1D, on stage and backstage.

Good lessons / bad lessons: You’re never too young to learn not to take yourself seriously.

Violence: None.

Language: Mildly profane Brit-slang.

Sex: A lot of shirtless scenes, an onstage pantsing.

Drugs: None at all.

Parents’ advisory: Teen and tweenage girl friendly in the extreme, with nothing that would offend any grandmothers in the audience. Suitable for all ages.


Rating: PG-13 for intense action, violence and mayhem throughout, some rude gestures, and language

What it’s about: A disgraced race car driver is blackmailed into performing a series of stunts, chases and getaways by a manipulative criminal mastermind.

The kid attractor factor: Selena Gomez, riding along with Ethan Hawke in a Shelby Mustang Super Snake and complaining the whole time.

Good lessons / bad lessons: If your car is stolen, don’t try to get it back on your own.

Violence: Quite a bit, lots of car crashes and shooting, but not much blood.

Language: A little profanity here and there.

Sex: None.

Drugs: Martinis are downed, olives are devoured

Parents’ advisory: You may have to take the car keys away from older teens after this one, but still suitable for 10-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action, and some suggestive content

What it’s about: A teenager learns her genetic destiny — as a descendant of a family that defends the world from demons.

The kid attractor factor: Lily Collins starring in the first of Cassandra Clare’s fantasy novels to hit the screen.

Good lessons/bad lessons: “To love is to destroy.”

Violence: Quite a lot of it, some of it bloody.

Language: A teensy bit of profanity.

Sex: Flirting, jokes about character’s homosexual or bisexual tendencies.

Drugs: Alcohol is sipped.

Parents’ advisory: If they’re old enough for the books, they’re old enough for the movie. OK for 12-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for some sexuality, violence and language

What it’s about: A young tech nerd finds himself the object of a deadly tug of war between two cell phone moguls.

The kid attractor factor: Liam “Hunger Games” Hemsworth chasing Amber Heard and trying to outsmart Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman.

Good lessons/bad lessons: “You have to fit in to get in.”

Violence: Yes, a little blood.

Language: Some profanity.

Sex: Suggested.

Drugs: An epic bar tab is run up.

Parents’ advisory: Adult in tone and pacing, which suggests that kids under 13 will be bored. OK for 14-and-up.


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