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.
“THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY”
Rating: PG for some crude comments, language and action violence.
What it’s about: A shy man who has always lived a more active fantasy life than a real one starts to act on those fantasies just as his job comes to an end.
The kid attractor factor: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig and lots of crazy risks, including swimming with sharks and climbing mountains.
Good lessons / bad lessons: “To see life, see the world.”
Violence: Moments of peril, played for laughs.
Language: A couple of off-color remarks.
Sex: Simple flirtation.
Drugs: Alcohol is used, to excess.
Parents’ advisory: A family-friendly “seize life, live life” comedy, suitable for 8 and up.
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, and thematic elements).
What it’s about: Outcast samurai vow to avenge themselves on the ruler who caused the death of their master.
The kid attractor factor: Samurai swordplay, much of it by Keanu Reeves.
Good lessons / bad lessons: “When a crime goes unpunished, the world goes unbalanced.”
Violence: Lots and lots, with beheadings, stabbings and slashings. Not terribly bloody, for all that.
Language: Quite clean.
Sex: Forbidden love, a little kissing, a little lust.
Drugs: Potions and poisons only.
Parents’ advisory: The blood and gore is mostly off-camera, but this is pretty violent stuff — unsuitable for anyone under 10.