Parents' guide to movies


Published May 10, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

‘THE GREAT GATSBY’

Rating: PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content, smoking, partying and brief language.

What it’s about: A young man meets a mysterious millionaire and discovers his obsession with “the love who got away,” just across the bay.

The kid attractor factor: Leo and Carey and Tobey, and the chance to skip reading a book that they’ll need to know and understand before graduating.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Rich girls don’t marry poor boys.”

Violence: Punches are thrown, a car accident and a shooting.

Language: Pretty clean.

Sex: Infidelity, provocative dancing and flirting.

Drugs: Booze and pills.

Parents’ advisory: The out-of-control partying is more cautionary than enticing. OK for 12 and older, but kids, don’t think it’ll help you with that “Gatsby” book report.

‘IRON MAN 3’

Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content.

What it’s about: A new villain, The Mandarin, and his minions are hurling super soldiers at America, and at Iron Man.

The kid attractor factor: Metal-suited warriors clash, stuff blows up, a kid becomes Iron Man’s sidekick.

Good lessons/ bad lessons: “We create our own demons,” meaning, be careful who you cross.

Violence: Yes, lots and lots.

Language: A smattering of profanity.

Sex: Suggested, with lots of underwear-clad skin.

Drugs: Suggested, and alcohol is abused.

Parents’ advisory: The most violent of the Iron Man movies, think twice before bringing younger kids — OK for 12 and older.