Parents’ guide to movies


Published Mar 21, 2014 at 12:01AM / Updated May 15, 2014 at 02:34PM

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.

‘DIVERGENT’

Rating: PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality.

What it’s about: A teenage girl doesn’t fit in any mold in a future where “faction” is everything. So she’s a threat to the powers that be.

The kid attractor factor: A hit Young Adult novel in the “Hunger Games” mold — romance, action and female empowerment all in one sci-fi package.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “The future belongs to those who know they belong.” Conform or be cast out.

Violence: Yes, PG-13 graphic.

Language: Quite clean.

Sex: A budding romance, hearts aflutter and all.

Drugs: Hallucinogens are used for mind-probing purposes.

Parents’ advisory: Concocted for the “Hunger Games” demographic, this is a bit long and too violent for the very young — OK for 10 and up.

‘MUPPETS MOST WANTED’

Rating: PG for some mild action.

What it’s about: The Muppets are lured into a world tour so a criminal mastermind and Kermit lookalike can pull off a series of capers.

The kid attractor factor: Muppets, muppet action, with lots of star cameos.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “What we really want is sometimes not what we really need.”

Violence: Muppet-on-muppet violence, explosions.

Language: Russian-accented, but Disney clean.

Sex: The pig plans to marry the frog, so there’s that.

Drugs: Don’t be silly.

Parents’ advisory: If your kids are into “The Muppets,” sit through this one with them. It’s aimed more at parents, but suitable for all ages. This movie is funnier than the last Muppets movie, with far better songs and jokes.