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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.

 

 

Beauty and the Beast-Kids’ Movie Review

Belle (Emma Watson) is a smart and beautiful young woman who lives alone with her widower father. Belle doesn’t have many friends and is not very close with the townspeople. They find her very odd because she loves to read books, something they don’t appreciate. Belle’s life dramatically changes when she is taken prisoner in a castle by a beast (Dan Stevens). Belle doesn’t know it, but the Beast is a cursed, arrogant prince who must find true love in order to break a spell. Though the Beast has a hideous exterior, Belle befriends the monster-like character and the castle’s enchanted staff. She eventually realizes that the Beast is a kind soul whom she falls in love with. Beauty and the Beast is Disney’s live-action remake of the classic 1991 animated musical.

 

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Beauty and the BeastRating: 4.5 popcorn buckets out of 5
Release Date: March 17, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG
Best Age Group: 8+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: Mild
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

  • The film highlights the importance of humility.
  • Belle is a loving daughter who is willing to do whatever it takes to insure her father’s well being.

Sexual Content: Mild

  • Character’s flirt with the opposite sex and the same sex.
  • LeFou briefly dances with a man. He’s confused as he’s trying to figure out his sexual preference.
  • Female characters wear dresses that show their cleavage.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • There are intense and scary scenes throughout the film. More graphic violence in this version than in the animated version.
  • Vicious wolves attack several characters.
  • There’s a battle between the townspeople and servants in the castle.
  • We see mob violence with pitchforks and torches.
  • There’s an intense battle between the Beast and an attacker. They fight with fists, claws and guns.
  • The Beast may scare young kids with his growl and loud roar.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • Name calling such as; “idiot,” and “fool.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see characters drinking at a local tavern.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

  • The theater was filled with attentive kids who loved the movie.

Overall this is a wonderful film for the whole family. Having said that, parents need to be aware of the moderate violence that may scare sensitive kids.

The Lego Batman Movie-Kids’ Movie Review

They’re all back; Batman (Will Arnett) and his sidekick Robin (Michael Cera), his loyal butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes), and of course his arch nemesis the Joker (Zach Galifianakis)… all as Lego’s. In this film Batman wants to stop the Joker from his hostile takeover of Gotham City, the only problem is Batman thinks he can do it alone. Eventually Batman comes to realize he might just need a little help from his friends and cohorts to save his beloved city.

 

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The Lego Batman movieRating: 4 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: February 10 2017
MPAA Rating: PG
Best Age Group: 7+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: Mild
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

  • The film highlights the importance of teamwork and family. Batman is humbled and realizes he can’t do everything by himself.
  • There’s some potty-humor in the film. There are references to “farts”  and being “silent but deadly.”
  • There are a lot of butt jokes as well. Batman refers to Alfred as his “Buttler.”

Sexual Content: Mild

  • Bruce Wayne labels himself as a “playboy.”
  • Batman loves his body and well built physique.
  • There’s a lot of humor relating to Robin’s given name, Dick.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • There’s a lot of slapstick, silly violence.
  • We see superheroes and villains get beat up, bashed and blown up.
  • There are a lot of bad guys and battles throughout the film.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • We hear, “butt,” “loser,” and “sucks.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • Batman and his butler Alfred discuss different kinds of wines.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

  • I interviewed kids ages 5 to 8 who loved the film. Having said that, one 5 year old  girl was scared, and didn’t like all the fighting.

Overall this is a fun, entertaining film for the whole family. Parents need to be aware of the mild potty humor and moderate violence throughout the film. I recommend this for kids ages 7 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: March 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: April 11, 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.

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