Parents' guide to movies


Published Feb 15, 2013 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

‘BEAUTIFUL CREATURES’

Rating: PG-13 for violence, scary images and some sexual material

What it’s about: The dark, poetic and pretty new girl in high school? She’s a witch.

The kid attractor factor: A witchy “Twilight” with a smattering of action and a great sense of humor about itself.

Good lessons/ bad lessons: Fate, shmate. “We make our own lives.”

Violence: A shooting, a few supernatural tussles.

Language: Pretty clean, actually.

Sex: Implied, after a lot of smooching.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Funny; light on the violence, profanity and heavy breathing; suitable for 10 and older.

‘SAFE HAVEN’

Rating: PG-13, for thematic material involving threatening behavior, violence and sexuality

What it’s about: A young woman in trouble flees to the sleepy Carolina coast, where romance awaits.

The kid attractor factor: Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel, cute kids, lightweight comedy. Do children read Nicholas Sparks novels?

Good lessons/ bad lessons: “Take a lot of pictures. You’ll only regret the ones you didn’t take.”

Violence: Yes, involving knives and fires and guns.

Language: A scattering of profanity, a smidge more than you see in your typical Nicholas Sparks movies.

Sex: A little more than you see in your typical Sparks movie.

Drugs: Alcohol is abused.

Parents’ advisory: A little edgier than your typical Sparks romance novel adaptation, but nothing that will unsettle anybody older than 12.

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.