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47 Meters Down- Kids’ Movie Review

Nothing like a vacation in Mexico. Beautiful resorts, crystal clear water, and entertaining night clubs.  Sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) are definitely enjoying their relaxing getaway in Mexico until Kate decides they need some adventure. Besides, Lisa’s boyfriend dumped her before the trip because she’s so boring so Kate wants to get her sister out. After a night of dancing and drinking they meet two handsome local men who invite them on a shark-watching expedition the next day. Now the adventure begins as Lisa and Kate  join their new friends on a rickety old boat. Shortly after the girls enter the cage the cable snaps and the shark cage sinks to the bottom of the ocean…47 meters down. With limited oxygen and white sharks circling nearby, Lisa and Kate must try and remain calm and figure out how to survive.

 

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47 Meters DeepRating: 3 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: June 16, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: Moderate
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • We see women in revealing swimsuits.
  • One of the girls asks if the wetsuit makes her “butt look cute.”
  • We see couples kiss.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • There’s a lot of blood swirling in the water from bleeding wounds and disgusting chum buckets.
  • There are shark attacks.
  • Characters are trapped at the bottom of the ocean in a cage. There is a lot of suspense.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • We hear the f-word once. We also hear “sh-t,” numerous times.

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see characters drinking at a night club.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

Overall this is a suspenseful drama that will keep you at the edge of your seats. Parents need to be aware of the disturbing scenes.

Cars 3-Kids’ Movie Review

Most talented professional athletes have their moments in the spotlight with their fast moves and skillful plays, and then a new generation comes along to take it away. Whether it’s Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant there comes a time when they should end their careers. In Cars 3 the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is surprised when new racers like the arrogant Jackson Storm zooms right past him in a race. Depressed and devastated, #95 is not quite ready to quit. With the help of an eager young race technician and inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, Lightning McQueen tries to get back in the game. This is the third film in Pixar’s popular Cars franchise.

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Cars 3Rating: 4 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: June 16, 2017
MPAA Rating: G
Best Age Group: 5+
Sexual Content: None
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: None
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

There are some life lessons regarding age and growing older. The film stresses the importance of trying new things no matter how old you are. A character says, “don’t fear failure. Try new things.”

Sexual Content: None

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • We see a couple of intense car crashes where the main characters are demolished to scraps of metal. However, later we see the vehicles in one piece.

Crude or Profane Language: None

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • Some of the racers meet in a bar and drink oil.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

Cars 3 is wonderful action packed film for kids of all ages. Parents will like it too.

Wonder Woman-Kids’ Movie Review

Diana (Gal Gadot) is not your average young girl. Her mother, the Amazon Queen, created Diana from a hunk of clay. They live on an island populated entirely by women and, since there are no kids on the island, Diana has no playmates. She studies hard, speaks over 150 languages, and on her spare time Diana sneaks off with her aunt who gives her some hard core warrior training. Diana grows into a smart, strong and beautiful woman. Her life dramatically changes the day she rescues Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), an American pilot who crashes his plane in the water. Diana is shocked as she’s never seen a man before. Steve tells her about the horrors of World War I that’s going on outside of her sheltered paradise. Diana is convinced that she can stop the war, and she ultimately discovers her true powers as Wonder Woman! Wonder Woman is based on DC  Comics character of the same name.

 

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Wonder WomanRating: 3 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: June 2, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 10+
Sexual Content: Moderate
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Mild
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • There is a sexual attraction between Steve and Diana (Wonder Woman). We see them briefly kiss, and it’s implied that they’ve slept together.
  • In one scene we see Chris Pine naked, though he covers his privates with his hands.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • There’s a lot of violence throughout the film. There are bad guys and numerous battles. There are sword fights (someone is impaled by a sword), characters punch and kick each other.
  • The movie takes place during WWI, so there’s a lot of combat fighting. We see injured soldiers with missing limbs. Numerous characters die from the war, explosions and bullets.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • We hear “h—” a few times in the film.

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see characters drinking beer and other alcoholic beverages.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

Overall this is an entertaining, action pact film. Parents need to be aware of the excessive violence.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2-Kids’ Movie Reviews

The group of misfit Guardians are back. Peter Quill (aka Star Lord) with his “Awesome Mix Tape Vol 2”, Gamora, the green warrior, Drax, the blue muscleman, Groot, the little tree-like creature, and Rocket, the cute raccoon. In this film the Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race to protect their expensive batteries from invaders. However, things get complicated when it’s discovered that Rocket has stolen the precious items, and so the aliens want to seek revenge. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter’s parentage is revealed. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is an action packed science fiction film for tweens and up.

 

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Guardian of the Galaxy 2Rating: 3. 5 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: May 5, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 12+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

  • As in the first film the characters are fun and entertaining. The soundtrack is great as well.
  • In addition to all the violence there are messages stressing importance of helping others, family and friends.

Sexual Content: Mild

  • It’s noted that Peter has been with several woman throughout the galaxy.
  • There is sexual chemistry between Peter and Gamora. A woman states that Peter has sexual feelings for Gamora.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • There are fist fights and laser fights. Characters are hit, pounded to the ground, and skewered with arrows.
  • There are massive explosions and numerous characters die.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • Groot is shown drinking alcoholic beverages..

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We hear “sh-t,” “a–,” “d–n,” “h–,” and “d–k.”

Will Kids Like It? Yes

  • I interviewed four teenage boys who loved the film. Their favorite character was Groot.

Overall this is a fun and entertaining film for tweens and up. Parents need to be aware of the science fiction action and violence throughout the film.

Beauty and the Beast-Kids’ Movie Review

Belle (Emma Watson) is a smart and beautiful young woman who lives alone with her widower father. Belle doesn’t have many friends and is not very close with the townspeople. They find her very odd because she loves to read books, something they don’t appreciate. Belle’s life dramatically changes when she is taken prisoner in a castle by a beast (Dan Stevens). Belle doesn’t know it, but the Beast is a cursed, arrogant prince who must find true love in order to break a spell. Though the Beast has a hideous exterior, Belle befriends the monster-like character and the castle’s enchanted staff. She eventually realizes that the Beast is a kind soul whom she falls in love with. Beauty and the Beast is Disney’s live-action remake of the classic 1991 animated musical.

 

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Beauty and the BeastRating: 4.5 popcorn buckets out of 5
Release Date: March 17, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG
Best Age Group: 8+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: Mild
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

  • The film highlights the importance of humility.
  • Belle is a loving daughter who is willing to do whatever it takes to insure her father’s well being.

Sexual Content: Mild

  • Character’s flirt with the opposite sex and the same sex.
  • LeFou briefly dances with a man. He’s confused as he’s trying to figure out his sexual preference.
  • Female characters wear dresses that show their cleavage.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • There are intense and scary scenes throughout the film. More graphic violence in this version than in the animated version.
  • Vicious wolves attack several characters.
  • There’s a battle between the townspeople and servants in the castle.
  • We see mob violence with pitchforks and torches.
  • There’s an intense battle between the Beast and an attacker. They fight with fists, claws and guns.
  • The Beast may scare young kids with his growl and loud roar.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • Name calling such as; “idiot,” and “fool.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see characters drinking at a local tavern.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

  • The theater was filled with attentive kids who loved the movie.

Overall this is a wonderful film for the whole family. Having said that, parents need to be aware of the moderate violence that may scare sensitive kids.

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