‘10 CLOVERFIELD LANE’
Rating: PG-13 for thematic material including frightening sequences of threat with some violence, and brief language.
What it’s about: An odd trio find themselves in an underground bunker seeking refuge from a world-ending event.
The kid-attractor factor: 2008’s “Cloverfield” was a monster hit, and this looks to capitalize on the success.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Always trust your gut. Stay alive.
Violence: It feels like spoiling to describe the violence — there is some, but lightly graphic. Most of the violence is psychological.
Language: Only brief strong language.
Parents advisory: The dark thematic material should be more of a concern for parents than any specific violent or graphic content. The ideas explored are certainly advanced, but the film is appropriate for tweens and teens.
‘THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY’
Rating: R for strong, crude sexual content, graphic nudity, violence, language and some drug use.
What it’s about: A goofy, gross-out spy parody from Sacha Baron Cohen, who plays a working-class soccer hooligan reunited with his super spy brother.
The kid-attractor factor: The broad comedy and juvenile body humor.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Shows the power of brotherly love.
Violence: Lots of action spy-type violence — shooting, combat, etc. Also lots of drunken bar brawl violence — including children! That’s not to mention the more vulgar and graphic violence done to the stars (and animals).
Language: Crude graphic language in American and British English, and rude gestures.
Sexuality: The film starts with an act of public intercourse and escalates from there. What happens on screen isn’t even printable in the newspaper.
Drugs: Binge drinking and heroin use.
Parents advisory: This one is a doozy. Not appropriate for kids or tweens of any age (at all). Older teenagers will probably be the only ones who can get down with the extremely juvenile, and disgusting, bodily humor.