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The Founder-Kids/Teen Movie Review

“Franchise. Franchise. Franchise.” That’s what Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) tells Mac and Dick McDonald, owners of a burger joint in 1950 Southern California. Ray Kroc is a struggling salesman from Illinois. However, his life and career dramatically changes the day he eats a burger from McDonalds. He not only loves the burger and fries, but he was so impressed with the concept…a meal in a paper bag which is ready in 30 seconds. When Kroc leaves McDonalds, he’s excited and thrilled to turn this small town burger restaurant into a multi-billion dollar franchise. Based on a true story.

 

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the founderRating: 4 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: January 20, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Mild
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate
Will Kids/ Teens Like It?  Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

The film highlights the importance of persistence, hard work and dedication!

Sexual Content: Mild

  • While married, Ray Kroc flirts with Joan, a pretty blond piano player who’s also married. Ray and Joan each divorce their spouses and eventually marry one another.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Mild

  • Ray Kroc and the McDonald’s brothers get into verbal arguments.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • The f-word is said once. We also hear “sh-t,” “a–,” “b–ch,” “h— and “d–n.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

  • Kroc drinks alcohol throughout the film.

Will Kids Like It?  Yes

  • I interviewed a 17 year-old boy who liked the film and thought it was very interesting.

Overall this is a very thought wonderful film. Parents need to be aware of the moderate profane language and drug and alcohol content.

The Girl On The Train-Teen Movie Review

Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) is the girl on the train. When Rachel is on her daily commutes she admires two homes  from the window of her train. One of the homes used to be hers. The couple living there is her ex-husband and his new wife, who was once his blond mistress. The home next door seemingly has the perfect couple. The woman is blond and beautiful and is typically seen kissing her handsome husband. However, everything changes when Rachel witnesses something shocking from one of the homes’ backyards. Now Rachel is involved in their lives more than just passing by on the train. Based on a popular fiction novel, The Girl On The Train.”

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the-girl-on-the-trainRating:  1 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: January 17, 2017
MPAA Rating: R
Best Age Group: 17+
Sexual Content: Excessive
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Excessive
Drug and Alcohol Content: Excessive
Will Teens Like It?  Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

  • The film focuses on infidelity, and two unhappily married couples.

Sexual Content: Excessive

  • We see intimate sexual relationships between married couples and some having affairs. We not only see them in bed, but also in the shower, in front of a window and in the woods.
  • The girl on the train watches a couple making love in front of a window.
  • A female character tries to seduce her therapist. She unzips his pants and sucks on his fingers.

Violent/Disturbing Content:

  • We see a woman tortured and murdered.
  • A woman falls asleep in the bath tub with her baby on her chest. The baby accidentally drowns.
  • Character’s are shown breaking mirrors in a fit of rage.
  • A male character encourages his mistress to have an affair.
  • A man is stabbed and bleeds to death. We see him covered in blood.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

  • We hear the f-word numerous times throughout the film. We also hear, “a–,” “h—,” and “b–ch.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Excessive

  • Rachel, the girl on the train, has a serious drinking problem. We see pour Vodka in her water bottle. She’s constantly drunk. She eventually attends  AA.

Will Teens Like It? Yes

  • Based on a popular novel of which many teens have read.

Overall this is not a movie for kids or pre-teens.

Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life-Kids’ Movie Review

Rafe Khatchadorian (Griffin Gluck) is a very creative middle school age boy. He loves to draw cartoons, aliens and spaceships and keeps them in a special art notebook. Though Rafe doesn’t have many friends, he is very close with his younger sister Georgia.  However, he and his family are dealing with a tremendous heartbreak. Rafe’s brother (who was also his best friend) had passed away a year before. His father left the family after their loss so his mom (Lauren Graham) is doing her best to raise the kids on her own, and with the help of her goofy boyfriend. Not only is Rafe trying to cope with his family drama he also has a hard time following rules. After getting kicked out of two schools he’s now in a new middle school. So when his rule driven principal takes his art notebook, Rafe retaliates by setting a goal to break every rule in the principal’s handbook…now the adventures and pranks begin. Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life, is comedy based on James Paterson’s young adult novel, Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life.

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middle-school-the-worst-years-of-my-lifeRating: 4 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: January 3, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG
Best Age Group: 9+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids/ Teens Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

  • The film centers around a middle school boy who breaks the school rules. Rafe is questioning all the unnecessary school rules. The principal is more concerned with his rules and the students’ successful standardized test scores than the students’ well being.
  • This is a fun and entertaining film though parents don’t want their kids getting any rule breaking ideas; to name a few:
    • Rafe sneaks out of his window at night and goes to school to vandalize. Some of Rafe’s pranks include covering the school with colored sticky notes with various drawings and messages. He also turns a trophy case into a fish bowl, draws graffiti on the exterior of the school, and puts neon dye in the principal’s hat.
    • Rafe steals his mom’s boyfriend’s credit card number and buys supplies for their vandalizing.
  • Parents need to be aware of the mature subject matter of losing a loved family member.

Sexual Content: Mild

  • We see a couple kiss.
  • There’s discussion of “Expertly drawn boobs.
  • A student says, “My mom is really hot,” and the principal agrees.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • A  school bully threatens to kick Rafe and knocks his notebook out of his hands.
  • We see animated characters fighting each other. We see a two-headed alien blowing his heads off with a laser.
  • Georgia, Rafe’s younger sister who’s not old enough to drive, steals their mom’s boyfriend’s car and intentionally sideswipe’s the car wanting to damage it.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • We hear “sh–,” “F your eye,” “p-ssed,” “sucks,” “butt wipe,” “frickin,’ ” “jerk,” and “stupid.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see character’s drinking wine.

Will Kids/ Teens Like It?  Yes

Overall this is a fun and entertaining film. Having said that, parents need to be aware that the story revolves around a rebellious middle school boy who breaks a lot of school rules. Also, the mature subject matter of losing a loved one.

Sully-Teen Movie Reivew

Is Sully a hero or a fraud? That’s what the media is questioning after US Airways Flight 1549 hits a flock of birds and destroys both engines. It was January 15, 2009 when Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) hit the birds after takeoff at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Sully had to make a quick decision whether he should head back to LaGuardia, find a closer airport, or make an emergency crash landing in New York’s Hudson River. He did what he thought was best which saved all the passengers and crew. Based on a true story of a famed pilot under an investigation after a fearful landing.

 

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sullyRating: 4 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: December 20, 2016
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: None
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Teens Like It? Yes

 

Talking Points:

  • Sully is a wonderful film based on a true story that will spark some great parent/child conversations. Though Sully was a hero and idolized by all, he remained humble and said he was doing his job and gave credit to everyone involved in the accident.

Sexual Content: None

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  •  We see Sully’s disturbing dreams of plane crashes.
  • Though everyone survives in the crash, the film can be frightening due to the mature subject matter of a plane crash.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • We hear the f-word once. We also hear “a–,” “b–ch,” “d–n,” and “h—.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see Sully drinking alcohol at a bar.

Will Teens Like It? Yes

Overall Sully is an interesting  film based on a true story. Parents need to be aware of the mature subject matter and moderate profane language.

Kubo And The Two Strings-Kids’ Movie Review

Kubo is a young boy who takes care of his mother who is ill. He is very close with his mom and obeys her three rules; always keep a wooden charm of a monkey close by, always wear his father’s robe, and always return home before dark. However, one day when Kubo was at the nearby village where he would often visit, he decided to stay after dark and break his mother’s rule because it seemed very entertaining.  Now the action begins as Kubo’s peaceful life comes to an end as he encounters a vengeful spirit from the past.

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Kubo and the Two StringsRating: 3 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: November 22, 2016
MPAA Rating: PG
Best Age Group:
Sexual Content: None
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: None
Drug and Alcohol Content: None
Will Kids Like It? No

 

 

 

Talking Points:

The animation is wonderful, however the story line may confuse young kids.

Sexual Content: None

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • There are sword fights, beast attacks and characters are hit with chains and blades.
  • Kubo’s aunts cast spells that kill villagers.

Crude or Profane Language: None

Drug and Alcohol Content: None

Will Kids Like It? No

Overall this is a wonderful animated film with beautiful scenery. Having said that the story line  may be confusing to young kids.

 

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