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 violence and thematic elements.

What it’s about: Famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot must solve a murder mystery on a train trapped by an avalanche.

The kid attractor factor: The stars and lush production value, and mystery/thriller elements might draw teen audiences.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Never underestimate a quirky Belgian man’s knack for clues and reading people. Sometimes judgment can’t be passed or justice truly served.

Violence: The murder is a stabbing, which we see, as well as the bloodied corpse. There’s a stabbing, chases, fisticuffs, etc. Nothing too gory or extreme.

Language: None

Sexuality: Some suggestive banter and references among the passengers.

Drugs: None

Parents advisory: While kid audiences probably won’t be interested, it’s fine for older kids.


Rating: PG-13 for suggestive material and some language.

What it’s about: Grandpas come visit the dads for the holidays while they try to share a Together Christmas.

The kid attractor factor: The kid stars, broad comedy and knowledge of the first movie.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Don’t be afraid to express your emotions about others, say I love you, and reject machismo that gets in the way of your happiness.

Violence: Some light physical fighting and snowball fighting, some mishaps with a leaf blower and an electrocution.

Language: Some strong language.

Sexuality: Flirting, references to sex, encouraging children to kiss each other.

Drugs: None, but the young girls get drunk on eggnog.

Parents advisory: Not very raunchy but a bit too mature for kids. Teens only.