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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.

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.

 

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature

The animals are nuttier than ever in The Nut Job 2. This film continues the story of a group of park animals who must find a new food source when their beloved nut shop burns down. When they find a beautiful new park with green grass and trees they think life is great. However, things get complicated when the mayor wants to destroy the park and build an amusement park for a profit making venture. The rodents think their lives are over, though Surly the squirrel (voice of Will Arnett) steps up and puts together a plan to destroy the amusement park.  The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature is the sequel to 2014’s The Nut Job.

 

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The Nut Job 2Rating: 4. 5 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: August 11, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG
Best Age Group: 6+
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 team work and family.
  • There’s a lot of bodily function humor.

Sexual Content: Mild

  • Two dogs fall in love and eventually have puppies.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • The construction site of an amusement park is destroyed resulting in fires and explosions.
  • The human characters tend to be the villains: a father and daughter are both sadistic in the way they treat animals. Animals’ lives are threatened by construction workers.
  • In a flashback, two animals nearly die in a hurricane.
  • There’s a lot of slapstick silly violence. Surly jumps out of moving vehicles, he’s beaten by a mouse, and he’s electrocuted.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • We hear name calling such as: “moron,” and “dumb.” We hear “What the …?”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • A character was shot with a tranquilizing dart and appears drunk.

Will Kids Like It?  Yes

Overall The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature is a kid friendly movie. Parents need to be aware of the moderate slapstick violence and bodily function humor.

The Emoji Movie-Kids Movie Review

A text can show a lot of emotions, especially with the right emoji. Happy, sad, frustrated, confused;  emoji’s express the way a person feels.  The Emoji Movie is a story about a world inside our smartphones. Each emoji is supposed to have one job or a certain expression. When the Meh symbol is pressed, Gene Meh, a young emoji, messes up and shows more than one expression. Now mayhem ensues in the world of emoji’s, and the adorable symbols try to handle the chaos while hoping they don’t get deleted.

 

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The Emoji MovieRating: 4 and 1/2 buckets out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: July 28, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG
Best Age Group: 6+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It?  Yes

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Mild

  • There’s flirting between the emoji characters and human characters.
  • A character’s phone plays the song “Bubblebutt.”

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • Robots chase emoji’s and blasts them with lasers.
  • One of the robots is very scary and intimidating. At one point it seems as though all the emoji’s will be deleted.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • A character starts to say, “Oh “sh–, ”  but doesn’t finish the word. We hear name calling, to name a few;  “loser,” “freak,” “weirdo,” “stupid,” and “butt.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • There’s a beer emoji.
  • A character mentions, “Hack Daniels.”

Will Kids Like It? Yes

Overall The Emoji Movie is a fun, colorful and very kid-friendly movie. Adult’s may like it too.

 

Cars 3-Kids’ Movie Review

Most talented professional athletes have their moments in the spotlight with their fast moves and skillful plays, and then a new generation comes along to take it away. Whether it’s Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant there comes a time when they should end their careers. In Cars 3 the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is surprised when new racers like the arrogant Jackson Storm zooms right past him in a race. Depressed and devastated, #95 is not quite ready to quit. With the help of an eager young race technician and inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, Lightning McQueen tries to get back in the game. This is the third film in Pixar’s popular Cars franchise.

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Cars 3Rating: 4 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: June 16, 2017
MPAA Rating: G
Best Age Group: 5+
Sexual Content: None
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: None
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

There are some life lessons regarding age and growing older. The film stresses the importance of trying new things no matter how old you are. A character says, “don’t fear failure. Try new things.”

Sexual Content: None

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • We see a couple of intense car crashes where the main characters are demolished to scraps of metal. However, later we see the vehicles in one piece.

Crude or Profane Language: None

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • Some of the racers meet in a bar and drink oil.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

Cars 3 is wonderful action packed film for kids of all ages. Parents will like it too.

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