Parents’ guide to movies

Published Jul 12, 2013 at 05:00AM


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

What it’s about: Earth’s governments and militaries adjust to a new threat, monsters, by building gigantic robots to battle them.

The kid attractor factor: Did I mention the monsters and the robots?

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Fortune favors the brave, dude.” And “Vengeance is like an open wound.”

Violence: A few human-on-human brawls, a small girl is terrorized. Mostly, it’s just digital monsters vs. digital robots.

Language: Scattered curse words of the mildest kind.

Sex: A shirtless moment here, a little cleavage there.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: As violent popcorn pictures go, this one skews young — suitable for 8 and older.


Rating: PG for rude humor and mild action.

What it’s about: Gru is summoned to help track down a fellow super villain who is bent on world domination, but hiding out at the local mall.

The kid attractor factor: Minions. Many many Minions.

Good lessons / bad lessons: You don’t have to be an evil genius to raise daughters who are nearing dating age. But it helps.

Violence: Slapstick.

Language: A few fart and “poop” jokes.

Sex: Tween flirtation, online dating.

Drugs: Nope.

Parents’ advisory: Fun for the whole family.

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.

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