“THE WORLD’S END”
Rating: R for pervasive language including sexual references.
What it’s about: A group of former friends in their 40s reunite 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.
Rating: R for strong bloody violence and language throughout.
What it’s about: In the future, the very rich have moved off Earth and restrict access to clean air, nature and health care while the Earth has become a crowded, almost unlivable Third World planet.
The kid attractor factor: Sci-fi action, stuff blowing up and Matt Damon dressed in an exo-skeleton.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Helping others is what gives us our humanity.
Violence: Lots of it, and quite graphic.
Language: Some profanity.
Drugs: Pot is still smoked 100-plus years from now.
Parents’ advisory: Sci-fi in the “District 9” mold — quite bloody and violent. Suitable for 15 and older.