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Happy Death Day- Kids’ Movie Review

Teresa “Tree” Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) is a college student who enjoys her lifestyle as a cute sorority girl. However, Tree’s life dramatically changes on her birthday. She wakes up hungover and in the bed of a student named Carter, whom she had just met the night before. When Tree leaves Carter’s dorm she gets a creepy feeling as she’s walking through campus towards the Kappa House. It ends up that Tree is stuck in a time loop where she suffers a violent death over and over again. Frightened and scared, Tree realizes she must relive the day over again until she discovers who murdered her.

 

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happy death dayRating: 2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date:
October 13, 2017
MPAA Rating:
PG13
Best Age Group:
13+
Sexual Content:
Moderate
Violent/Disturbing Content:
Excessive
Crude or Profane Language:
Excessive
Drug and Alcohol Content:
Moderate
Will Kids Like It?
Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • It’s mentioned that a college student is having an affair with a married teacher.
  • We see couples kissing.
  • Sex between college students is discussed, but nothing is shown.
  • A character prepares to masturbate to porn. We briefly see two men kissing passionately on computer screen.
  • A character walks naked through campus, we see her bare back.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • We see stabbing with knives and broken bottles.
  • We see Tree brutally killed multiple times.
  • Characters are hit with baseball bats, a crowbar, and a pipe.
  • There’s punching and hitting.
  • A character falls through a window from a high building. We see the blood spattered on the ground.
  • A car drives over someone, we see the dead body.
  • A police car blows up with someone in the back seat.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

  • We hear the f-word once. We also hear “sh-t,” “b–ch,” “a–,” “a–hole,” “d–n,” “b–ch,”  and “h–l” throughout the film.

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

  • A main character wakes up hungover and discusses her drunken antics from the previous night.
  • We see college students drinking at a party.
  • A college guy has a bong.

Will Teens Like It? Yes

  • I interviewed 4 pre-teen girls who thought the film was funny, scary and entertaining.

Overall this is an entertaining horror film with comedic overtones. Parents need to be aware of the violence, language and sexual contents.

Stronger-Kids’ Movie Review

Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his ex girlfriend Erin (Tatiana Maslany) run into each other at a local bar weeks before the Boston Marathon. Erin is raising money for a charity for the marathon while Jeff is  having a good time with his friends at the bar. Jeff wasn’t the most dependable boyfriend. He was immature, and didn’t always show up for Erin when she needed him. However, when Jeff does show up with a homemade sign cheering on his ex as she’s running in the Boston Marathon, his life dramatically changes. Stronger is a true story based on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. It highlights the story of Jeff Bauman, a guy who loses his legs when he finally shows up for his true love.

 

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StrongerRating: 2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: September 22, 2017
MPAA Rating: R
Best Age Group: 15+
Sexual Content: Moderate
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: Excessive
Drug and Alcohol Content: Excessive
Will Kids Like It?  Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • During a sexual encounter we see a woman’s bare back.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • We see the bloody aftermath of the Boston Marathon, showing  victims with gory wounds on the street and in the hospital.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

  • We hear the f-word frequently throughout the film. We also hear  “h–l,” “sh-t,” “a–,”  “b–ch,” and “d–n.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Excessive

  • Characters are shown drinking beer, wine and hard liquor at bars and social events.
  • One character is shown drunk on numerous occasions. We see her passed out a few times from too much drinking.
  • Character’s are shown smoking.

Will Kids Like It?  Yes

  • I interviewed some teenage girls who really liked the film but thought it was disturbing.

Overall this is a sad but interesting drama. Parents need to be aware of the disturbing scenes and excessive profane language.

Logan Lucky- Kids’ Movie Review

The Logan family feels unlucky, and somewhat cursed. Even though, Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum), was the star high school quarterback and homecoming king, his life eventually becomes more difficult as he can’t keep a job or a wife. Although he does have an adorable daughter with whom he’s very close. Clyde (Adam Driver), Jimmy’s brother, goes to Iraq after high school and gets part of his arm blown off. He eventually becomes a bartender. Then there’s Mellie (Riley Keogh), who is a supportive younger sister. As the Logan’s are feeling down while nothing is going their way, Jimmy comes up with the grand idea of doing a crime. So, Jimmy, Clyde, and Mellie attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Logan Lucky is an entertaining, comedic drama from the director of Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13.

 

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Logan LuckyRating: 3.5 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: August 18, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate
Will Kids Like It?  Yes

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Mild

  • A female character wears revealing shirts and short-shorts.
  • It’s mentioned that Rihanna sings about her vagina.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • There’s a big brawl with several characters.
  • Prison inmates fight in the cafeteria.
  • A car is set on fire.
  • A character crashes a car through a store window.
  • We see a race car crash.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

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

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

  • There are some scenes in a bar with a lot of social drinking.

 Will Kids Like It? Yes

Overall Logan Lucky  is a comedic drama appropriate for kids ages 13 and up.

 

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.

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