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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.

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.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle-Kids’ Movie Review

They’re back… the men in the bullet proof suits whose shoes hide toxic blades and umbrellas are shotguns. The Kingsman are members of a secret spy organization who make the world a safer place. The beloved heroes face a unique challenge as their headquarters is destroyed and the world is held hostage. On their mission the men discover an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman. Now the two organizations unite together to defeat the evil villain in order to save the world.  Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the sequel to 2014’s popular Kingsman: The Secret Service.

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Kingsman- The Golden CircleRating: 1.5 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date:
September 22, 2017
MPAA Rating:
R
Best Age Group:
15+
Sexual Content:
Moderate
Violent/Disturbing Content:
Excessive
Crude or Profane Language:
Excessive
Drug and Alcohol Content:
Excessive
Will Teens Like It?
Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • We see a woman in her bra and panties.
  • A man, who has a rubber tracker on his finger, reaches under a woman’s panties to place the tracer in her vagina while they’re having sexual encounter.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • There’s a lot of intense violence throughout the film. Characters are shown kicking, punching, stabbing, shooting and doing martial arts.
  • Blood spurts out from the eyes and nose of drug users.
  • A character falls into a meat grinder.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

  • We hear the f-word frequently throughout the film. We also hear “sh-t,” “a-hole”, “b–ch.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Excessive

  • Character’s are shown drinking whiskey and getting drunk.
  • The villain is an international drug dealer.
  • We see character’s smoking Meth.

Will Kids Like It?  Yes

Overall this is a fun and entertaining film. Having said that parents need to be aware of the excessive violence, language and drug 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.

 

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