McClatchy-Tribune News Service
BATTLE OF THE YEAR
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.”
Language. B-Boy profanity
Sex: No, though the consequences of having babies too young comes up.
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.
Parents’ advisory: The tone is a bit juvenile, especially the sexual stuff, but the violence is quite gory. OK for 15-and-up.
THE WORLD’S END
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
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.
ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US
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.
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.
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.
“THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES”
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.
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.