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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.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie-Kids’ Movie Review

George Beard (voice of Kevin Hart) and Harold Hutchins (voice of Thomas Middleditch) are two fourth grade boys who are best friends and neighbors. They love to have a good time, especially when pulling school pranks. On their spare time, when they should be doing homework, the duo work on the comic books they co-created about a superhero named Captain Underpants; a character who has superpowers. Things get difficult for the boys when Principal Krupp wants to separate them due to their school prank- loving antics. Fear of separation, the boys decide to hypnotize their principal into believing that he’s Captain Underpants. Now chaos ensues as Principal Krupp becomes the superhero Captain Underpants. Based on the popular book series Captain Underpants.

 

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Captain UnderpantsRating: 3 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: June 2, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG
Best Age Group: 6+
Sexual Content: None
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: None

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • There’s a lot of slapstick silly violence. The villain (Professor Poopypants) attacks the school with a huge robotic monster. He also creates a huge animated toilet that’s filled with toxic waste. Captain Underpants is thrown into the toilet and swallows some of the muck.
  • The professor gets hit by passing vehicles. He creates scientific mechanisms  that cause a lot of damage.
  • The professor shoots rays at kids in the school, clearing their thoughts.
  • Buildings are destroyed.
  • We see a vision of the future which involves robots zapping people with lasers.
  • Principal Krupp/Captain Underpants creates a lot of chaos as well. Dressed as Captain Underpants, he jumps off  high building thinking he can fly, but he can’t. He gets hit by moving cars, bounces around town on a giant ape balloon, and throws an old lady into a tree after her cat.
  • Principal Krupp yells a lot and is constantly angry at the students

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • Potty words such as; “fart,” “poopy,” “diarrhea,” and “butt.”
  • There’s also name calling; “weirdo,” “stupid,” and “dumb.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: None

Will Kids Like It? Yes

  • Elementary school aged kids love the humor of the film.

Overall Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is a fun entertaining film for kids. Parents need to be aware of excessive potty humor throughout the film.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul-Kids’ Movie Review

Summertime is finally here and twelve year-old Greg Heffley (now played by Jason Drucker) is ready to just relax and chill out. However, his mother has a different plan. She forces the family to take a four-day road trip to Granny Meemaw’s 90th birthday party…a tech free car ride too. Initially Greg is upset until he realizes his favorite YouTube gamer will be making a live appearance at a video game convention in Indianapolis, which is close to Granny’s house. Now Greg has to figure out how he can sneak off to the convention…a challenging feat which he’s determined to accomplish. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is the fourth movie in the series based on Jeff Kinney’s popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid books; starring an all new cast.

 

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid- The Long HaulRating: 4 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: May 19, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG
Best Age Group: 8+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Mild
Drug and Alcohol Content: None
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

  • Despite all the potty humor, and kids defying their parents, the boys ultimately realize the importance of family.
  • Greg and his brother Rodrick lie, steal, and break into a hotel room.

Sexual Content: Mild

  • Roderick finds a large bra and examines it.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • There’s a car chase scene that ends in a accident.
  • Greg is cornered in a bathtub by a large scary man who’s been chasing him.
  • Greg and Rodrick lie to their parents and take an Uber to a gaming convention – an hour away.
  • Greg ends up in a runaway boat down a grassy hill which ends up in a swimming pool.
  • The family stays in a roach infested hotel room.
  • There are some gross scenes involving vomit, bowel movements and sounds, and other bodily functions.
  • Greg pees in a bottle in front of his family on the drive.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • “H-ll,” and name calling such as: “stupid,” “weirdo,” and “loser.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: None

Will Kids Like It? Yes

Overall this is an entertaining film, however parents need to be aware of potty humor throughout the film.

 

 

Everything, Everything-Kids’ Movie Review

Maddy Whittier is an adorable teenage girl, though she’s not your average teen. She doesn’t attend the high school football games, she doesn’t play a sport or musical instrument, and she’s never even been to a high school dance. That’s because Maddy is housebound. She has a severe auto-immune disorder. Maddy lives in a beautiful home with her mother and has a nurse taking care of her in the day. However, Maddy’s life completely changes the day Olly Bright moves next door. Olly’s bedroom window is across from Maddy’s and the two manage to communicate through their windows. As Maddy gradually falls for the boy next door, she desperately wants to meet the boy next door…even if it means risking her life. Everything, Everything is based on a young adult novel.

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Everything, EverythingRating: 4 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: May 19, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 12+
Sexual Content: Moderate
Violent/Disturbing Content: Mild
Crude or Profane Language: Mild
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • The teenage couple passionately kiss throughout the film.
  • The couple escapes to Hawaii. It’s implied that they’ve had a sexual relationship.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Mild

  • We see Olly and his father in a fist fight. They have a violent relationship.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • We hear “sh-t,” and “h–l.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • In one scene we see Olly’s father drunk.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

Overall, this is a romantic drama which will appeal to pre-teen girls. Parents need to be aware of the sexual content. Appropriate for kids 12 and up.

 

The Circle-Kids’ Movie Review

“Sharing is caring.” That is the motto of the successful tech company called The Circle.  The Circle has some strange rules. They have social mangers who not only keep track of its employees at work, but also outside of work. They want their employees to be “community-minded.” Things get really creepy when the new employee Mae Holland (Emma Watson) agrees to be apart of the companies latest tech experiment. She commits to have a transparent life which involves constantly wearing a camera; everything she does and says is streamed live. This cult-like company has an impact on Mae and eventually changes her life forever. The Circle is a science fiction film, based on the 2013 best selling novel, The Circle.

 

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The CircleRating: 4 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: April 29, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

Talking Points:

The film will spark some great parent/child conversations. Though the movie is fiction, it’s not far from the truth. With social media today many people feel as though their life is transparent.

Sexual Content: Mild

  • We briefly see a married couple making love. There is no nudity.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • Mae nearly drowns while kayaking.
  • A man accidentally drives a vehicle off a bridge. We later hear that the man died.
  • We hear about a woman who killed her three children by locking them in a closet, letting them starve to death.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

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

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see characters drinking wine and other alcoholic beverages.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

Overall this is a thought provoking, somewhat creepy, film that teens will find interesting.

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