By Katie Walsh

Tribune News Service

This guide, compiled by Tribune News Service film critics, is published here every Saturday. It can 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.


Rating: PG-13 for some intense action/violence, and language.

What it’s about: A suburban life insurance salesman and ex-cop is tasked with an impossible moral choice aboard his commuter train.

The kid attractor factor: The action genre and star Liam Neeson could attract teens.

Good lessons/bad lessons: No matter what someone tries to force you into, there’s always a way to do the right thing.

Violence: Some extreme fighting and violence, including with weapons such as guns and knives. An explosive trail derailment and other moments of peril on, around and under the train.

Language: A couple of instances of strong language.

Sexuality: None.

Drugs: None.

Parents advisory: This thriller is too violent for kids, but OK for teens.


Rating: PG for some action and mild rude humor.

What it’s about: Everyone’s favorite British bear goes to jail (!) when he’s framed for the theft of a precious pop-up book.

The kid attractor factor: The gentle humor, animated bear and family-friendly adventure will attract kids and their parents.

Good lessons/bad lessons: If you’re nice and polite the world will be right. Be good and gentle to everyone. Always help others and look for the good in them.

Violence: A harrowing action sequence set on a train with crashes, smashes and close calls, but no bodily injury.

Language: None.

Sexuality: Paddington washes a window with his butt.

Drugs: Just marmalade.

Parents advisory: Wonderful entertainment for kids of all ages. The littlest ones could find the train sequence too scary.