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Paddington 2- Kids’ Movie Review

“Be kind and polite and the world will be right.” That’s a quote from Paddington’s Aunt Lucy. He loves his aunt and frequently quotes her. Paddington wants to find the perfect gift for his aunt’s 100th birthday. He eventually sees a pop-up book about London in his friend’s antique shop. However, the book is very expensive so Paddington does odd jobs until he can afford it. Unfortunately, a mysterious thief steals the book right before Paddington goes to buy it. Sadly, Paddington is wrongly accused of the robbery and is sentenced to prison. Now the adventure begins as the adorable, fun loving bear becomes a prisoner and charms all the inmates. Paddington 2 continues the story of Paddington bear who lives happily with his adopted family in London.

 

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Paddington 2Rating: 4.5 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date:
January 11, 2017
MPAA Rating:
PG
Best Age Group:
5+
Sexual Content:
None
Violent/Disturbing Content:
Moderate
Crude or Profane Language:
Mild
Drug and Alcohol Content:
Mild
Will Kids Like It?
Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

  • There are some great messages for young kids. Paddington’s Aunt Lucy says, “Look for the best in people and you’ll find it.” Paddington lives by his aunt’s rules,  even in prison.
  • Paddington always wants to do the right thing. He typically thinks of others before himself.

Sexual Content: None

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • During a robbery Paddington chases a thief through a store and down the streets.
  • Paddington is surrounded by many scary looking inmates when he’s in prison. Initially they are intimidating and mean to the poor bear, but they eventually befriend him.
  • A villain has a sword and fights with a main character.
  • Paddinton falls in a river and nearly drowns.
  • There’s a very sad scene when Paddinton’s adopted parents don’t visit him on visiting day in prison. We see Paddington in bed crying as he thinks they no longer love him.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • Name calling such as “coward,” and “weirdo.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • Champagne is served on a train ride.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

Overall, this is a wonderful movie for the whole family.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle-Kids’ Movie Review

“Welcome to detention and think about who you are and what you want to be.” That’s what four high school teens heard when they’re sent to the principal’s office for detention. All on the same day but all for different reasons. There’s Bethany, the self-absorbed popular girl; Martha, the bookish smart girl; Spencer, the nerdy boy; and Anthony (a.k.a Fridge) the football stud. While in detention the two boys discover the Jumanji game and convince the girls to play. After they choose their avatar they are pulled into the game and living in the jungle. In the game, each teen has a specific strength which they will eventually use to get out of the game, and save Jumanji from an evil villain. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is an updated adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s picture book, however this time the board game magically turns into a video game.

 

 

Jumanji- Welcome to the jungleRating: 3.5 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date:
December 20, 2017
MPAA Rating:
PG13
Best Age Group:
10+
Sexual Content:
Moderate
Violent/Disturbing Content:
Moderate
Crude or Profane Language:
Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content:
Mild
Will Kids Like It?
Yes

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • One of the female teens is in a male avatar for most of the movie. There’s discussion on what it’s like for her to have a penis. There’s even reference to an erection.
  • One of the teen girls instructs the other girl on how to flirt and use her sexuality.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • Since Jumanji is set in an action game, there is a of violence. There are many explosive scenes, shooting, and several battles throughout the film.
  • A character is trampled by rhinos, another one is bitten by a snake and then disappears, and a someone is mauled by a jaguar.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • We hear “sh-t,” “a–,” “d–n,”  “b–ch,” and “h-ll.

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • In one scene the teens (as their adult avatars) all drink margaritas. One of the teens has several glasses and proceeds to get tipsy. The others spit it out.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

Overall this is a fun, entertaining film. Parents need to be aware of the moderate violence, sexual and profane language.

Coco-Kids’ Movie Review

Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez), a young Mexican boy, loves music. He desperately wants to follow his dream of becoming a musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. However, Miguel’s family despises music and even bans it from their house. Miguel is supposed to follow in the family business crafting fine shoes.  When Miguel takes his music interest a little too far he suffers a serious consequence and is transported to the colorful and vibrant, Land of the Dead. There, Miguel teams up with an interesting skeleton and embarks on an exciting journey. Coco is a wonderful Disney/Pixar film that explores the traditions of the Day of the Dead.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Mild

  • We see a man painting a nude female skeleton.
  • We see a man kissing a woman.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • A character is crushed by a giant bell.
  • In the Land of the Dead the skeletons body parts come apart; such as heads, jawbones, eyeball, etc.
  • We see a popular character who dissolves to dust and fades away. This is a disturbing scene that may upset kids.
  • A large flying animal growls and may scare kids.
  • There is some slapstick violence with a lot of chase scenes.
  • Someone is tossed in a deep well; another character falls from a great height.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • We hear “stupid,” “dumb,” and  “jerks.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see characters celebrating with alcoholic drinks.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

  • I interviewed a 10 year old girl who loved the movie. She enjoyed the characters and the music. I also interviewed her 4 year old brother who said he loved it. They didn’t get scared, and the film held their attention.

Overall this is an entertaining film for the whole family. Depending on the child, I recommend this for kids ages 5 and up.

 

Daddy’s Home 2-Kids’ Movie Review

The holidays are a wonderful time of year though the family dynamics can get complicated at times.  Brad Whitaker (Will Ferrell) is happily married and he has two stepchildren. He loves his wife’s kids and wants to be the best father to them. He’s even made an effort to get along with Dusty Mayron (Mark Wahlberg), their biological father. In fact, things are so good between the two dads they decide to have their families spend Christmas together. Now things get interesting and the family dynamics gets even more complex. Daddy’s Home 2 is the sequel to the 2015 comedy Daddy’s Home.

 

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Daddy's Home 2Rating: 3 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date:
November 3, 2017
MPAA Rating:
PG13
Best Age Group:
13+
Sexual Content:
Moderate
Violent/Disturbing Content:
Mild
Crude or Profane Language:
Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content:
Moderate
Will Kids Like It?
Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • One of the Grandpa’s is a womanizer. He has sexual encounters with several different women that he picks up at bars and restaurants, though we don’t see anything. References are made that he took home two women for sex at the same time.
  • A young boy is teased about his crush on a girl. Later he’s shown briefly kissing several different girls.
  • A dad gives a boy a sex talk saying “boys have a dingle, girls have a hoo-hoo.”
  • The two Grandpa’s advice a young boy on how to approach a girl he likes. One of the grandpa’s has a nice approach telling him to become friends first. The other grandpa says “smack her behind.”
  • Kids joke about French kissing.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Mild

  • There’s a lot of silly slapstick violence. Character’s fall, a chainsaw flies through the air, an elderly man is lost and is found laying face down in the snow.
  • One of the grandpa’s is hit in the face with a tetherball at school, then kicked in the face by a child on a swing, knocking him down.
  • A young girl shoots a turkey with a rifle and accidentally shoots her grandpa.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • We hear “b–ch,” “s–t,” “d—,” “a–.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

  • Two young girls sneak rum-spiked eggnog. They get drunk and one falls off a roof. It appears that there are no consequences for their drinking.
  • Adult characters are shown drinking alcoholic beverages.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is back, though things aren’t going very well for the beloved God of Thunder. He and his mortal girlfriend Jane have broken up, he’s held captive on another planet, and to top things off his powerful hammer has been destroyed. When Thor discovers that Asgard is being threatened he escapes captivity and recruits his new friend Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and his former ally and fellow Avenger Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) to save their planet. Together they confront Hela (Cate Blanchett), the Goddess of Death, from destroying the Asgardian world. Thor: Ragnarok is the third chapter in Marvel’s superhero series about the ancient god of thunder.

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Thor- RagnarokRating: 3 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date:
November 3, 2017
MPAA Rating:
PG13
Best Age Group:
11+
Sexual Content:
Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content:
Excessive
Crude or Profane Language:
Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content:
Moderate
Will Kids Like It?
Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Mild

  • We see Hulk’s bare butt.
  • There are a few suggestive jokes about masturbation and orgies.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • Hela, The Goddess of Death can be very scary.  She slashes soldiers with a huge blade, uses magical knives, and impales them.
  • There are some gory and graphic moments, and a lot of characters die.
  • There are battles with explosions, though shown as comic book violence.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • We hear “sh-t, “d–n,” “a–,” “h-ll,” and “son of a b–ch.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

  • A character drinks heavily throughout the film. In one scene we see her drunk.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

Overall, Thor: Ragnarok is an entertaining film. However, parents need to be aware of the excessive violence.

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