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A Dog’s Purpose-Kids’ movie review

“Why am I here? What’s the purpose?” That’s what a curious dog named Bailey (voice of Josh Gad) often wonders. Bailey is reincarnated several times over the course of five decades. The dog keeps its memories and adorable personality, however his name changes and he becomes different breeds and genders. We see Bailey grow up with a young boy named Ethan, his best friend and companion. When Ethan goes off to college Bailey passes away. He’s reincarnated and has new owners, but no one he loves as much as Ethan. The dog discovers the meaning of life through its many lives and the humans whose lives he touches. A Dog’s Purpose is a wonderful and charming film for the whole family.

 

 

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A Dog's PurposeRating: 4 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: January 27, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG
Best Age Group: 10+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: None
Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate
Will Kids/ Teens Like It?  Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

The film highlights the importance of love and companionship; for humans and animals.

Sexual Content: Mild

  • We see a couple kiss passionately throughout the film.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • A high school bully drops fireworks through his rival’s front door mail slot, starting a horrific fire.
  • A middle aged man, who’s an alcoholic, forcefully pushes his wife to ground.
  • There’s an intense scene with a police officer and his trained dog. They are pursuing a man who has kidnapped a girl. The girl is pushed over a bridge into the water. The dog rescues the girl but he gets shot and dies. We see his bloody wounds.
  • We see a man mistreat his girlfriend’s dog. Chaining him outside in the cold weather and never letting him enter their home.
  • We see deaths of various versions of Bailey. They are brief, but heartbreaking.

Crude or Profane Language: None

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

  • One of the main characters is an alcoholic. We see him drinking beer and sipping from a flask. He becomes depressed and aggressive.

Will Kids/ Teens Like It?  Yes

Overall, parents need to be aware of the heartbreaking and the violent/upsetting scenes. Having said that this is a wonderful and warmhearted film. Depending on the child, this is appropriate for kids ages 10 and up.

 

 

 

Sing-Kids’ Movie Review

“Dream big dreams.” That’s Buster Moon’s (voice of Matthew McConaughey) motto. Buster is a koala bear who loves the theater. When he was a 6 years-old his goal was to own his favorite theater…and years later that dream came true. However, due to financial problems things get difficult for the koala bear, though he doesn’t give up. To boost business he decides to produce a singing competition. Now the drama and singing begins as we see Buster Moon try to fulfill his lifelong dream.

 

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SingRating: 5 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: December 21, 2016
MPAA Rating: PG
Best Age Group: 7+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Mild
Crude or Profane Language: Mild
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids/ Teens Like It?  Yes

 

 

Talking Points:

  • Sing is a fun and entertaining film for the whole family. The film highlights the importance of working together and following your dreams.

Sexual Content: Mild

  • Three female rabbits wiggle their butts while singing,  “Oh my gosh, look at her butt.”
  • There is flirting between the animals.
  • We see some revealing outfits and risqué dances from the animals.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Mild

  • Some angry gangster bears try to kill a cheating mouse.
  • A building collapses and puts several characters in harms way.
  • There are several car chases, causing accidents.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • We hear name calling: “old fart,” “stupid,” “fool,” and “bozos.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see animals drinking alcoholic beverages at a night club.

Will Kids/ Teens Like It?  Yes

Overall this is a cute and entertaining film for the whole family.

Monster Trucks-Kids Movie Review

Life can sometimes be dull in a small town, especially for high school senior Tripp (Lucas Till). Tripp is sick of high school and the obnoxious kids in school. He’s tired of Sheriff Rick, the know-it-all cop who happens to be dating his mom. Luckily, Tripp has a hobby and passion for trucks which keeps him occupied and out of trouble. He builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. The only problem is he still needs an engine, so he can’t get very far in his truck. Tripp’s life dramatically changes the day an oil company accidentally releases three sea creatures, and one of them ends up under the hood of Tripp’s truck. Tripp discovers this creature who not only acts as the engine to his truck, but eventually becomes a loving friend.  Monster Truck is an entertaining film for families with elementary school age kids.

 

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Monster TrucksRating: 4 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: January 13, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG
Best Age Group: 7+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: None
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Mild

  • Flirting between two characters.

Violent Content: Moderate

  • A character poisons an entire ecosystem which kills hundreds of people.
  • We see numerous car chases and vehicles being demolished.
  • There’s some gun violence which includes kids being shot at.
  • Tripp’s truck drives over a lot of vehicles crushing them all.

Crude and Profane Language: None

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • A character drinks a glass of alcohol.

Overall this is a fun and suspenseful film, great for elementary school kids. Parents need to be aware of the moderate violent content.

Boo! A Madea Halloween-Kids’ movie review

Teenagers can be tough at times, especially the ones with an attitude. Tiffany, a 17 year old girl, is definitely a spunky one . She doesn’t listen or respect her dad, Brian (Tyler Perry). Halloween night Brian has to go out of town and he wants Tiffany to stay at her moms. Of course Tiffany objects and insists that she stay home with a friend.  Brian gives in, but calls his Aunt Madea (Tyler Perry) to stay with her. When Madea arrives she brings her friends: an aunt that smokes marijuana, her goofy brother Joe (Tyler Perry), and a woman who you can barely understand due to her speech impediment. Now the fun begins as Madea tries to handle the ghosts and goblins of Halloween, but even more challenging… a defiant teenage girl.

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boo-the-madeas-halloweenRating:  2 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: October 21, 2016
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: Moderate
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: Excessive
Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate
Will Teens Like It?  Yes

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • The teenage girls wear low revealing shirts (showing cleavage) and crop tops. One girl wears a thong over her leggings and dances very seductively.
  • A couple of frat boys take two girls into private bedrooms, hoping for a sexual relationship, but when the boys find out the girls are 17 years old they kick them out of the party.
  • Madea shows her breasts to some frat boys (her shirt hides them from the camera) and encourages the boys to touch them.
  • There are sexual references regarding masturbation, prostitution, oral and group sex.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • Madea punches people in the face.
  • A body is found in the frat house and it’s throat is sliced open with blood dripping down the front.
  • There’s a creepy and scary Halloween influence throughout the film.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

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

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

  • Characters smoke cigarettes and marijuana at home and at parties.
  • We see teenagers drinking at a party.

Will Teens Like It?  Yes

  • The theater was filled with pre-teens and teens. They were laughing throughout the film.

Overall, Boo! A Madea Halloween is a fun and entertaining film. Having said that, parents need to be aware of the sexual content and crude humor.

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.

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