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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.

The Lego Batman Movie-Kids’ Movie Review

They’re all back; Batman (Will Arnett) and his sidekick Robin (Michael Cera), his loyal butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes), and of course his arch nemesis the Joker (Zach Galifianakis)… all as Lego’s. In this film Batman wants to stop the Joker from his hostile takeover of Gotham City, the only problem is Batman thinks he can do it alone. Eventually Batman comes to realize he might just need a little help from his friends and cohorts to save his beloved city.

 

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The Lego Batman movieRating: 4 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: February 10 2017
MPAA Rating: PG
Best Age Group: 7+
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 teamwork and family. Batman is humbled and realizes he can’t do everything by himself.
  • There’s some potty-humor in the film. There are references to “farts”  and being “silent but deadly.”
  • There are a lot of butt jokes as well. Batman refers to Alfred as his “Buttler.”

Sexual Content: Mild

  • Bruce Wayne labels himself as a “playboy.”
  • Batman loves his body and well built physique.
  • There’s a lot of humor relating to Robin’s given name, Dick.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • There’s a lot of slapstick, silly violence.
  • We see superheroes and villains get beat up, bashed and blown up.
  • There are a lot of bad guys and battles throughout the film.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • We hear, “butt,” “loser,” and “sucks.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • Batman and his butler Alfred discuss different kinds of wines.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

  • I interviewed kids ages 5 to 8 who loved the film. Having said that, one 5 year old  girl was scared, and didn’t like all the fighting.

Overall this is a fun, entertaining film for the whole family. Parents need to be aware of the mild potty humor and moderate violence throughout the film. I recommend this for kids ages 7 and up.

A Dog’s Purpose-Kids’ movie review

“Why am I here? What’s the purpose?” That’s what a curious dog named Bailey (voice of Josh Gad) often wonders. Bailey is reincarnated several times over the course of five decades. The dog keeps its memories and adorable personality, however his name changes and he becomes different breeds and genders. We see Bailey grow up with a young boy named Ethan, his best friend and companion. When Ethan goes off to college Bailey passes away. He’s reincarnated and has new owners, but no one he loves as much as Ethan. The dog discovers the meaning of life through its many lives and the humans whose lives he touches. A Dog’s Purpose is a wonderful and charming film for the whole family.

 

 

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A Dog's PurposeRating: 4 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: January 27, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG
Best Age Group: 10+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: None
Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate
Will Kids/ Teens Like It?  Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

The film highlights the importance of love and companionship; for humans and animals.

Sexual Content: Mild

  • We see a couple kiss passionately throughout the film.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • A high school bully drops fireworks through his rival’s front door mail slot, starting a horrific fire.
  • A middle aged man, who’s an alcoholic, forcefully pushes his wife to ground.
  • There’s an intense scene with a police officer and his trained dog. They are pursuing a man who has kidnapped a girl. The girl is pushed over a bridge into the water. The dog rescues the girl but he gets shot and dies. We see his bloody wounds.
  • We see a man mistreat his girlfriend’s dog. Chaining him outside in the cold weather and never letting him enter their home.
  • We see deaths of various versions of Bailey. They are brief, but heartbreaking.

Crude or Profane Language: None

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

  • One of the main characters is an alcoholic. We see him drinking beer and sipping from a flask. He becomes depressed and aggressive.

Will Kids/ Teens Like It?  Yes

Overall, parents need to be aware of the heartbreaking and the violent/upsetting scenes. Having said that this is a wonderful and warmhearted film. Depending on the child, this is appropriate for kids ages 10 and up.

 

 

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story-Kids’ Movie Review

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…..,” the famous Star Wars opening line is back.  This film focuses on a group of rebel spies who are on a mission to steal the plans for the original Death Star, the Empire’s weapon of destruction. Now the war begins between the Rebels and Imperial troops. Rogue One: Star Wars Story is an action packed film, one for all those Star Wars’ fans!!!

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rogue-one-star-warsRating: 4 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: November 16, 2016
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 10+
Sexual Content: None
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: None
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids/ Teens Like It?  Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

  • Most Star Wars’ fans will enjoy the nostalgic sentiments similar to the the original 1977 film.
  • The battle between good and evil is once again highlighted in the movie.
  • The film demonstrates the importance of hope, trust, friendship and doing the right thing.

Sexual Content: None

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • There are numerous battles throughout the film. Characters are killed by lasers, bombs and explosions.
  • We see a Rebel shooting a wounded Stormtrooper to ensure his death.
  • A creepy looking creature wraps its tentacles around someone’s head.

Crude or Profane Language: None

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see characters drinking in a bar.

Will Kids Teens Like It?  Yes

  • I interviewed several teenage boys. Most of them loved it, however a few thought it was slow and boring.

Overall this is another wonderful Star Wars film. Having said that, parents need to be aware of the excessive violence.

 

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