This guide, compiled by Orlando Sentinel film critic Roger Moore, is published here every Friday. It should be used with the MPAA rating system for selecting movies suitable for children. Films rated G, PG or PG-13 are included, along with R-rated films that may have entertainment or educational value for older children with parental guidance.
“JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA”
Rating: R for strong crude and sexual content throughout, language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use.
What it’s about: Johnny Knoxville, in old-age makeup, and a kid drive across country staging bad parenting/dirty-old-man pranks on the unsuspecting.
The kid attractor factor: Johnny Knoxville’s big, crude and sometimes painful pratfalls.
Good lessons/bad lessons: People who “get involved” in other people’s parenting get punked.
Violence: Slapstick stuff, threats.
Language: Profanity, some of it from a small boy.
Sex: Genital jokes and genital sight gags, a male stripper review.
Drugs: Crack jokes, alcohol is consumed, allegedly by the kid.
Parents’ advisory: Seriously subversive and sophomoric. Too crude for the very young; OK for 13-and-up.
Rating: R for bloody violence, disturbing images, language and some sexual content.
What it’s about: The bullied daughter of a religious fanatic gets even at prom.
The kid attractor factor: It’s a high school revenge fantasy starring Chloe Grace Moretz.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Mend your bullying ways before it’s too late.
Violence: Yes, and quite bloody.
Language: Teenagers and teachers curse.
Drugs: Alcohol is discussed.
Parents’ advisory: Decidedly anti-bullying, it’s still the violent “Carrie” you remember from the ’70s. OK for 15-and-up.