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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.

The Fate Of The Furious-Kids’ Movie Review

Life is good for the fast and furious team. Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are finally married and enjoying their honeymoon in Cuba, and the rest of the crew are living a relaxing and somewhat normal life. However things get complicated when Dom is approached by a cyberterrorist woman named Cipher (Charlize Theron). Cipher forces Dom to betray his wife and friends. Now the gang must unite once again to save their beloved friend and family. The Fate of the Furious is the eighth film in the Fast and Furious series.

 

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The Fate of the FuriousRating: 3 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: April 14, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: Moderate
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: None
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • The opening scene shows beautiful women wearing revealing attire. The camera zooms in on their bodies.
  • We see a couple in bed together kissing.
  • The female villain passionately kisses a man in front of his wife.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • There is action and adventure throughout the film, just like the previous seven movies.
  • There are car crashes, destruction and explosions.
  • Character’s break out of prison; they fight and kill other prisoners.
  • The villain threatens to hold the world hostage using nuclear weapons.
  • We see gun fights and brutal fist fights.
  • Cipher orders a woman to be executed while she holds her  baby.
  • We see arms, legs and necks snapped.
  • Numerous characters die and we see blood splattered on the wall.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

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

Drug and Alcohol Content: None

Will Kids Like It? Yes

  • I interviewed three teenage boys that loved it. They liked the action, similar to the other films.

Overall this is an action packed film. Parents need to be aware of the excessive violence throughout film.

 

Power Rangers-Kids’ Movie Review

At times teenagers have a lot of stress in their lives with relationships, school, sports and peer pressure.  Though it’s nothing compared to the pressure that the five teens from a small town of Angel Grove have. These teens are ordinary high school students dealing with day to day life.  However, things get really difficult for the teens when the world is threatened by an alien attack led by villain Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). Now these five ordinary teenagers are chosen to band together as the Power Rangers, and are sent on a dangerous mission to save the world. Power Rangers is based on the popular ’90s  TV show.

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Power RangersRating: 3 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: March 24, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 12+
Sexual Content: Moderate
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

  • The film highlights the importance of teamwork.
  • Power Rangers might appeal to young elementary-aged kids, though its more appropriate for middle-school aged kids and up.
  • This film has more violence, language and mature themes unlike the TV show.

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • A female character strips down to her underwear and jumps off a cliff.
  • One of the female Power Rangers discusses with a friend that she might be gay.
  • The female villain shows up in Trini’s (a female Power Ranger) bedroom and seductively strokes her face and neck.
  • There’s talk of masturbation.
  • There are references that someone digitally shared a student’s inappropriate photo.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • Characters are attacked, buildings are destroyed and blown up.
  • Rita, the villain, drowns someone.
  • Rita gathers the gold teeth that she’s removed from several victims’ mouths.
  • The teen Power Rangers have scary visions
  • where they see a street full of people all incinerated and turned into ash.
  • Several characters are hit and killed by an asteroid.
  • A train hits a van full of people; we see the van tumbling.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • We hear “sh-t,” “a–, “h—, and “b–ch.” A character starts to say, “m—–f—,”  but then stops himself.

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • The Rangers spend the night around a campfire, and it looks as though they’re drinking beer.

Will Kids Like It?  Yes

Overall this is a fun and entertaining film. Having said that parents need to be aware of the violence and sexual content.

 

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