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Boo 2: A Madea Halloween-Kids’ Movie Review

Madea (Tyler Perry) and her crazy relatives are back, and so is the annual Halloween fraternity party. Tiffany (Diamond White), Madea’s grandniece, has just turned 18. She’s beautiful, independent and thrilled to be going to the local college frat party. This year the party is set to take place at an eerie campground where teens had allegedly been killed. When Madea discovers that Tiffany is going to the party, she drags her elderly gang along to spy and protect her lovely grandniece. Things don’t go as planned and mayhem ensues!!! Boo 2! A Madea Halloween is a sequel to 2016’s  Boo! A Madea Halloween, and is set one year later.

 

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Boo 2- A Madea halloweenRating: 2.5 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date:
October 20, 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

  • Suggestive comments are made throughout the film.
  • Frat guys flirt with girls. Couples touch while dancing and it’s implied that they plan to hook up.
  • Women are shown in skimpy Halloween costumes.
  • Tiffany’s goal is to get together with a frat boy at the party.
  • The grandpa flirts with his granddaughter’s friend until she tells him she’s 17.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • There are scary men with chainsaws and creepy girls who stalk the lake site.
  • We hear screams and it’s presumed that people are being hurt or even killed.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

  • We hear the f-word, “sh-t,” “a–,” “d—,” “h—,” “b–ch, “p-ss”,  “h—” and the n-word.

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

  • We see teens drinking with college students.
  • A characters smokes a joint.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

Parents may not like the film but kids will find it entertaining and funny.

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.

It- Teen Movie Review

It’s summer and the young teens are supposed to play outside with their friends and have fun! That’s the initial plan for a group of middle school outcasts from the town of Derry, Maine. Set in 1988, the young teens start their summer by running away from the cruel and evil bullies in their small town. That’s not their only problem. Things get creepy as kids start disappearing. Luckily, their new friend, Ben, discovers that strange things seem to happen in cycles of 27 years which leads them to a well in the basement of a creepy old house. Bill, a boy in the group whose brother disappeared, is determined to stop whatever killed his brother and has the help of his group of misfit friends. It is based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel.

 

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ItRating: 2.5 buckets out of 5
Release Date: September 8, 2017
MPAA Rating: R
Best Age Group: 15+
Sexual Content: Moderate
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Excessive
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It?  Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • There are rumors that a teenage girl  slept with many guys.
  • There are sexual jokes by 13-year-olds. They mention; “periods,” “vagina,”  “birth control pills,” etc.
  • Teens go swimming in their underwear and the boys admire the teenage girl with them. She’s shown in her bra and panties.
  • An abusive father acts in a creepy and sexual way toward his teenage daughter.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • The clown is very scary and will terrify kids. He’s shown periodically throughout the film.
  • Lots of bullying. A bully carves up a kid’s stomach with a knife and stabs a man with the same knife.
  • Bullies shoot guns, kick, punch and beat up their peers.
  • There are scenes showing a lot of blood. In one scene a bathroom is covered in blood and the kids clean it up.
  • We see kids beating the clown with sharp objects.
  • We see the clown bite a child’s arm off.
  • A clown is stabbed through the face.
  • A sheep is killed with a bolt gun by one of the bullies.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

  • We hear the f-word numerous times, also  “sh-t,”  “a–,” and “d–n. It’s typically young teens using the harsh language.

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see an abusive father drinking beer.
  • Character’s are shown smoking cigarettes.

Will Teen Like It?  Yes

  • The story involves a group of middle school aged kids which will appeal to kids. I interviewed some teenage boys who enjoyed it. They were scared, but thought some parts were funny.

Overall this is an entertaining horror film, one that teens will be eager to see. Parents need to be aware of the excessive and disturbing violence, also the excessive language.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies-Teen Movie Review

 

“A woman is either highly trained or highly refined. One cannot be both in such times,” said Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James). Set in the 19th century England, the film centers around the four Bennet sisters, all who have been highly trained to kill zombies. In the quiet English village where they live, the dead are coming back to life to terrorize the land and it’s people. Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is the determined sister who desperately wants to destroy the zombies, however she is distracted by the arrogant Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley). Between the romances, the sword fights  and the zombies, the Bennet sisters  and their suitors come together to try and save their country.

 

 

 

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Pride, Prejudice and ZombiesRating: 4 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: May 31, 2016
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Mild
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will kids/ Teens Like It?  Yes

 

 

Talking Points:

  • This is a very unique film and interesting film. Though very violent, teens who have read Jane Austen’s book, Pride and Prejudice, and those who also like zombies movies/ TV shows, will be highly entertained by this film.

Sexual Content: Mild

  • The women where revealing dresses, we see a lot of cleavage.
  • We see several couples kiss.
  • As the Bennet girls strap their knives in their boots, we see their lacy undergarments and bare legs.

Violent/Disturbing Content: 

  • We see numerous grotesque battle scenes with the undead zombies. Creatures are stabbed, slaughtered, thrown in ovens to be baked alive, and blown up.
  • The zombies are scary looking creatures, their faces are bloody and deformed.
  • Humans fight as well, we see several brutal scenes. Character’s are shown hitting and kicking one other. We see several sword fights.
  • A man is shown choking a girl, she finally fights back and throws him into a pillar.
  • We see bodies of soldiers with holes in their heads, as someone stole their brains.
  •  After too much alcohol consumption, Mrs. Bennet bites her daughter.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • We hear “b–tard,”  and “h–l.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • Characters are shown drinking at a ball. Mrs. Bennet drinks too much and gets drunk.

Will kids/ Teens Like It? Yes

  • I interviewed some teenagers, ages 16 and up, who loved the film. They’re fans of the TV series, The Walking Dead, and loved the zombie aspect of 19th century movie.

Overall Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an entertaining film for those who like zombie movies. Parents need to be aware of the excess violence. Depending on the child, I recommend this for kids ages 13 and up.

Krampus-Kids’ Movie Review

The Christmas season is a festive time of year to be with loved ones. However, for Max (Emjay Anthony), a pre-teen boy, things aren’t that wonderful. He misses the days when his family was happy and didn’t argue, but when he loses the Christmas spirit and has given up hope, Max’s world changes completely. Krampus, an enormous goat-like creature, and his creepy clan of toys, elves and gingerbread cookies arrive at Max’s house. His German Grandmother is familiar with the Krampus legend and says, “Krampus came not to reward, but to punish.” Not to give, but to take.” Now Max and his family must forget their differences and bond together to save one another and bring back the Christmas spirit.

 

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KrampusRating: 2 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: December 4, 2015
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Excessive
Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate
Will kids/ Teens Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

  • Krampus is a strange but thought provoking Christmas film. The wise German Grandmother tells the family that Krampus took everyone in her family after WWII except her. She said, “He left me as a reminder of what happens when hope is lost, when belief is forgotten, and when the Christmas spirit dies.” Grandma also explains to the family that the true meaning of Christmas is to focus on others’ needs, not our own selfish desires. Great parent/child discussion.
  • Though there are some wonderful messages, the film is very dark and creepy. See violent content below:

Sexual Content: Mild

  • There’s a joke about squirrels “playing with their nuts.”

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • A group of kids get into a fight wrestling and tackling one another.
  • Krampus is a very large and very creepy beast. When he invaded Max’s house, he brought with him evil stuffed animals and toys, creepy elves and wicked gingerbread cookies.
  • We see huge angels with bloody teeth, bears and clowns who try to devour the family. Sadly they do eat a child.
  • A baby is kidnapped.
  • Gingerbread cookies attack Uncle Howard with a nail gun.
  • A character is shown hanged by Christmas lights, then cut down.
  • The humans fight back and continuously shoot the evil creatures.
  • We see Krampus dropping two children into a deep fiery pit.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

  • The f-word is said twice. We also hear “sh-t,” “d–n,” “b–tard,” “a–,” “a–hole,”  “d–k,” and “b–ch.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

  • We see a teenage boy holding a Christmas bong.
  • Aunt Dorothy likes her alcohol. She shows three tweens how to make her favorite concoction of peppermint schnapps with hot chocolate; then offers the drinks to the tweens.

Will kids/ Teens Like It? Yes

  • Krampus will appeal to kids that like horror films.

Overall Krampus is a scary and creepy horror film. However, there are some redeeming qualities and noteworthy messages for kids. Parents need to be aware of the excessive violence and crude language throughout the film. Depending on the child, Krampus is appropriate for kids ages 13 and up.

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