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.
Parents’ advisory: As violent popcorn pictures go, this one skews young — suitable for 8 and older.
“DESPICABLE ME 2”
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.
Language: A few fart and “poop” jokes.
Sex: Tween flirtation, online dating.
Parents’ advisory: Fun for the whole family.